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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The Haute Couture confection was made of a large spiral of sun ray pleated sheer tulle ruffles, and featured an asymmetrical hem and halter neckline. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Is An Actual Angel In This White Tulle Gown at Cannes," 17 May 2019 Hadid walked the red carpet in a show-stopping asymmetrical, silk jersey Roberto Cavalli dress, featuring ruby crystal embroidery on the straps of the dress, a cut-out on the side and a completely open back. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Channels Sharon Stone in Vintage Cavalli," 17 May 2019 However, due to the fruit’s asymmetrical shape and irregular picking season, experts never thought pixies would hold commercial value. Alex Schechter, Vogue, "Forget Poppies, Ojai’s Pixie Season Is the California Nature Event to Know," 10 Apr. 2019 Roberts just got a dramatic new cut, revealing an asymmetrical lob, which is the shortest her hair has been in years. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Julia Roberts' New Tousled Lob Is the Shortest Cut She's Worn in Years," 18 Mar. 2019 This hat has so many fun features — the contrasting band, the open knot, the asymmetrical shape — but the best part has to be the white feather that adds several more inches to the topper's wingspan. Marci Robin, Allure, "The 30 Best Fascinators and Hats Worn by Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall," 6 Aug. 2018 Built around a steel frame, the house has an asymmetrical shape that distinguishes it from its natural surroundings. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern treehouse on stilts is the ultimate nature getaway," 27 June 2018 The asymmetrical design is also supremely comfy, allowing even side sleepers to get settled. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Tents for Camping and Backpacking," 22 Mar. 2019 Amal wore an asymmetrical-shoulder jumpsuit nipped at the waist with an extra-wide belt. Vogue, "George and Amal Clooney Make the Case For Understated Red Carpet Style," 15 Mar. 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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