asymmetrical

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

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Tail: Unlike modern birds, Archaeopteryx had vertebrae running through its tail, and asymmetrical tail feathers. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Origins of Flight, From Birds to Bugs to Planes," 21 June 2019 This led them to another surprise: how powerful the asymmetrical supernova explosion could have been. Rachel Crowell, Scientific American, "The Universe’s First Stars Exploded in Strange Ways," 31 May 2019 The visual design of the show is exceptional, from Andrés’s cerulean hair and asymmetrical ruffled blouses to the creepily pastel dental office where the unsmiling Úrsula works. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, "Off-Kilter Humor on “Los Espookys” and “Alternatino”," 1 July 2019 Feathers: Like modern bird plumage, the feathers of Archaeopteryx are asymmetrical, a geometry that can generate aerodynamic lift by pushing air under the wing. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Origins of Flight, From Birds to Bugs to Planes," 21 June 2019 Amal wore a tartan print Prabal Gurung asymmetrical top and flared trousers from the designer's Pre-Fall '19 collection. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney's Boho Chic Airport Style Has Us Ready for Summer," 14 May 2019 As for her accessories, Kendall chose to go braless under her sheer asymmetrical top and rocked heeled booties with an exotic texture on her feet. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Went Braless In a See-Through Orange Turtleneck," 10 Oct. 2018 From festive prints and chic cuts to western influences and asymmetrical lines, there’s something for every stylish woman out there! Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "Take Your Summer Denim Up a Notch With These Key Pieces," 13 June 2019 Last night at a screening of Mary Poppins Returns in New York City, Lively slipped on Monse’s jacket-dress hybrid for the occasion, its high, asymmetrical hem allowing her miles-long legs to take center stage. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Blake Lively Beats the Winter Chill With a Killer Leg Reveal," 11 Jan. 2019

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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 How to pronounce asymmetrical (audio) \
variants: or asymmetric \ -​trik How to pronounce asymmetric (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 asymmetrically (audio) \ adverb

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