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
asymmetry \ (ˌ)ā-​ˈsi-​mə-​trē How to pronounce asymmetry (audio) \ noun

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To achieve the asymmetrical look, just lift one brow, tilt your head, and pout your lips slightly. 8. Seventeen, "The 13 Types of Selfies That Are All Over Instagram," 11 Jan. 2019 Beyond those basic formations, the drone can also twist into a variety of asymmetrical shapes. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "A shape-shifting drone suggests the future of rescue missions," 20 Dec. 2018 But the dress’s kicker is its asymmetrical hem, which features a jagged piece of pin-striped fabric. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Blake Lively Wears Monse Deconstructed Jacket Dress," 12 Jan. 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge looked cheerful and stunning in a red dress with an asymmetrical neckline. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Recycled a Red Preen Dress to a Gala," 16 Nov. 2018 While Kate stunned onlookers in a chic black Roland Mouret dress, with an asymmetrical neckline, Meghan opted for a black coat by Stella McCartney. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Turns a Stella McCartney Coat into a Chic Maternity Look," 10 Nov. 2018 The Southport, Florida, teen had been sporting an asymmetrical haircut with purple and green highlights, according to a police press release. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "A Missing Teen May Have Just Resurfaced in a Letter Sent 5 Years After She Disappeared," 1 Aug. 2018 Shalizi has a much easier time figuring out the next clue, Skrillex, as soon as Marshmello starts drawing his signature asymmetrical haircut. Rebecca Schiller, Billboard, "Marshmello Draws Logic, Sia & More Musicians in Pictionary Game with Manager Moe Shalizi: Watch," 22 Mar. 2018 The beige auditorium was sardined with admirers — average age somewhere between 18 and 25, many with unicorn-hued, asymmetrical haircuts — who came for a glimpse of their horoscope gurus. Rachel Syme, New York Times, "How the Astro Poets Lit Up the Internet," 11 Jan. 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 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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