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

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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 The third unchanging reality is that the competition is asymmetrical. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 17 May 2021 Each layer of rose petals is finished and set before being mounted on the ring in an asymmetrical design. Carol Besler, Forbes, 21 May 2021 That makes the beads’ motion relative to the water slightly asymmetrical in time. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, 13 May 2021 However, when this desire isn’t fulfilled, the feeling of aloneliness results (the prefix a indicating not, as in asymmetrical). USA Today, 12 May 2021 Rounding out the package is a special, asymmetrical strap with an orange accent at 6 o’clock. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 12 May 2021 Sleek one-pieces and triangle bikini tops will always have a place in our summer wardrobes, but right now, asymmetrical swimsuits are calling our name for turning looks on and off the beach. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 10 May 2021 Simplicity doesn’t come naturally in a globalized, technological, asymmetrical, uncertain and fast-changing world. Luis Costa, Forbes, 10 May 2021 They can be installed all over the head or added as a single track to create bangs or asymmetrical styles. New York Times, 10 May 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/asymmetrical. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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