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

Examples of asymmetrical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The economic relationship between the two countries, like the military one, is asymmetrical. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "After deadly border clash, India faces uncomfortable truths about its reliance on China," 26 June 2020 This bright blue slip dress has a wrap silhouette, asymmetrical hem and a V-neck that celebrates the body. NBC News, "Best summer dresses to shop in 2020, according to experts," 22 June 2020 After all, in-person visits can introduce asymmetrical power dynamics that make people uncomfortable. Sara Harrison, Wired, "When Doctors and Patients Talk About Death Over Zoom," 15 June 2020 Cristobal is an asymmetrical storm, with much of its worst weather north and east of its center of circulation, according to the National Hurricane Center. Leigh Morgan, al, "Tropical Storm Cristobal 2020: What can Alabama expect?," 6 June 2020 The asymmetrical appearance of a snail's shell due to its coiled structure is an example of what's called chirality. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Two lefties make a right, if you're a rare garden snail," 2 June 2020 The clip opens with Dion, wearing a silky pink robe by Natori and sporting an asymmetrical blunt bob, scrolling through Instagram in a castle fit for a princess (or an icon, in this case). Hanna Flanagan,, "Céline Dion Recreates 'It's All Coming Back to Me' in New Shoppable Instagram Music Video," 4 Dec. 2019 The asymmetrical look tends to draw the eye away from the proceedings and the bride. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "37 Wedding Trend Mistakes to Avoid in 2019: Succulents, Family-Style Meals, and More," 31 Dec. 2018 An asymmetrical structure adds flair to an otherwise standard sweater on top of a button-down look. Dan Q. Dao, Condé Nast Traveler, "Travel-Friendly Streetwear We're Shopping for Right Now," 18 May 2020

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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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30 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Asymmetrical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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