asymmetrical

adjective
asym·​met·​ri·​cal | \ ˌā-sə-ˈme-tri-kəl How to pronounce asymmetrical (audio) \
variants: or asymmetric \ ˌā-​sə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce asymmetrical (audio) \

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

Other Words from asymmetrical

asymmetrically \ ˌā-​sə-​ˈme-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce asymmetrical (audio) \ adverb

Examples of asymmetrical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This budget-friendly DIY outdoor bar uses cement blocks to form a sturdy asymmetrical base. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 July 2022 Simple colors let the soft off-the-shoulder neckline truly shine, and the asymmetrical hemline is perfect to show off your killer shoes. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 28 July 2022 The bigger surprise was this new song’s sound: a beat not built on the woozy, asymmetrical rhythms that characterize much of modern hip-hop and R&B, but rather upon the sort of steady thump that has kept dance floors bustling for decades now. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 28 July 2022 The two-story property, tucked into a mountain setting, contains a number of unique features including the asymmetrical front exterior and curvy heated pool in the backyard. Natalia Senanayake, PEOPLE.com, 27 July 2022 The asymmetrical lacing system (not straight down the middle), won subtle comfort points – but the laces themselves are thick and springy, which reduced precision in the overall wrap. Outside Online, 27 July 2022 His buildings, for all their modernist features, had been too asymmetrical and freewheeling to fit the strictures of the International Style. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 21 July 2022 The star kept a bit of the short crop tucked behind her ear and let the longer side fall against her face for a high-fashion asymmetrical look. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 21 July 2022 Mitski dashed and rolled across the stage in an asymmetrical blue gown. Dora Segall, SPIN, 20 July 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of asymmetrical was in 1690

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asymmetrical

adjective
asym·​met·​ri·​cal | \ ˌā-sə-ˈme-tri-kəl How to pronounce asymmetrical (audio) \

Kids Definition of asymmetrical

: having two sides or halves that are not the same : not symmetrical

asymmetrical

adjective
asym·​met·​ri·​cal | \ ˌā-sə-ˈme-tri-kəl How to pronounce asymmetrical (audio) \
variants: or asymmetric \ -​trik How to pronounce asymmetrical (audio) \

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 How to pronounce asymmetrical (audio) \ adverb

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