asymmetrical

adjective
asym·​met·​ri·​cal | \ˌā-sə-ˈme-tri-kəl \
variants: or asymmetric \ -​trik \

Definition of asymmetrical 

1 : having two sides or halves that are not the same : not symmetrical an asymmetrical design asymmetrical shapes

2 usually asymmetric , of a carbon atom : bonded to four different atoms or groups

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Other Words from asymmetrical

asymmetrically \ -​tri-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
asymmetry \ (ˌ)ā-​ˈsi-​mə-​trē \ noun

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Lee wore his trademark glasses and patterned denim jacket—while Dear White People star Logan Browning opted for the vibrancy of asymmetrical leather separates. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Netflix’s ‘A Great Day in Hollywood’ Got its Fashion Flavor," 25 June 2018 Asymmetry: Melanoma lesions are often asymmetrical (not equal on both sides) in shape. Jeffrey Farma, Philly.com, "Q&A: What steps can I take to avoid skin cancer?," 8 May 2018 This configuration causes the rocket to be unbalanced and asymmetrical, which means the rocket will have to constantly rotate during flight to remain stable. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Watch NASA Launch OSIRIS-REx Tonight," 8 Sep. 2016 Following on from her Irish-inspired green look yesterday, The Duchess of Sussex opted for a somewhat more muted shade of taupe this time with a Roland Mouret dress, featuring an asymmetrical skirt and sash waist. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Taupe Roland Mouret Dress Means Business for Day 2 of Her Ireland Trip," 11 July 2018 That's right, Jennifer Aniston is the latest celeb to chop off her long locks in favor of a asymmetrical bob. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Jennifer Aniston Did What to Her Hair?," 4 Nov. 2013 DJ Simi Haze also supported Abloh and attended his Off-White show, sporting an asymmetrical dress and combat boots. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The 12 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Rihanna Hops on the Clear Bag Trend, Lil Miquela Wears a Suit, and More," 23 June 2018 With its icy blue satin finish, plunging neckline, and giant bow, the ensemble offered a fashion-forward twist on a traditional shirtdress via some very Rihanna touches, including an off-the-shoulder neckline and asymmetrical hem. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna Goes Pastel Princess on the Streets of New York," 7 June 2018 Leaves can be broad and fleshy or needle thin, proportionally displayed or asymmetrical, sharp and spiky or smooth and soft. Karen Dardick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Bromeliads create garden drama," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of asymmetrical

1690, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for asymmetrical

Greek asymmetria lack of proportion, from asymmetros ill-proportioned, from a- + symmetros symmetrical

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asymmetrical

adjective
asym·​met·​ri·​cal | \ˌā-sə-ˈme-tri-kəl \
variants: or asymmetric \ -​trik \

Medical Definition of asymmetrical 

1 : not symmetrical

2 usually asymmetric, of a carbon atom : bonded to four different atoms or groups

Other Words from asymmetrical

asymmetrically \ -​tri-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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