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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His new pair come touched with preppy, asymmetrical, striped details. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "His, Hers, Ours: Chic Cold-Weather Basics Beloved by All," 3 Jan. 2019 Chinese, North Korean and Russian leaders realized that cyber tools allowed them to wage asymmetrical attacks. Mara Hvistendahl, WSJ, "‘Dawn of the Code War’ Review: The Cyber Threat Reconsidered," 3 Dec. 2018 The actress, 47, stunned in a strapless red Reem Acra dress with an asymmetrical cascading train reminiscent of a Christmas bow. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Kimberly Williams-Paisley Just Proved She’s the Queen of Christmas on the Netflix Red Carpet," 22 Nov. 2018 The women’s collection includes tartan blazers and asymmetrical pleated skirts as well as a pair of spectator heels with a golf ball suspended on the stiletto. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Thom Browne’s New Golf Capsule Collection Is a Stroke Above the Rest," 30 Oct. 2018 Stepping out with Prince Harry earlier in the day, Meghan wore a stunning wrap dress by Figue, which featured pom-pom and seashell details, as well as a striking, ruffled, asymmetrical hem. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Was Rushed by Security During Her Solo Visit to a Market in Suva," 24 Oct. 2018 Kendall went more glam, in a metallic mesh one-shoulder dress by Alexandre Vauthier that ruched at the waist and fluted out at the asymmetrical hem. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid Coordinate Their Looks in Paris," 27 Sep. 2018 Instead of rounded corners and soft shapes, the iPad Pro is all hard corners and flat sides, with massive, asymmetrical antenna lines on the back and a huge camera bump. Nilay Patel, The Verge, "Apple iPad Pro review 2018: the fastest iPad is still an iPad," 5 Nov. 2018 This way, one layer stacks on top of the other like an asymmetrical wedding cake. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern apartment building twists for enviable green space," 22 Oct. 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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