asyn·​chro·​ny | \ (ˌ)ā-ˈsiŋ-krə-nē How to pronounce asynchrony (audio) , -ˈsin- \
variants: or asynchronism \ (ˌ)ā-​ˈsiŋ-​krə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce asynchrony (audio) , -​ˈsin-​ \

Definition of asynchrony

: the quality or state of being asynchronous : absence or lack of concurrence in time

Examples of asynchrony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The synchrony-versus-asynchrony issue is fundamental to the history of computer science. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, 6 Aug. 2019 In the emerging age of large offices, practical asynchrony seemed like a productivity silver bullet. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, 6 Aug. 2019 To figure out what causes this asynchrony, the researchers looked at participant’s brains using structural magnetic resonance imaging, which uses radio waves to view internal organs. Roni Dengler, Science | AAAS, 14 Dec. 2017 Those signals will be equally affected by clock asynchrony, so the algorithm can just compare their relative change as the chip moves and ignore the drift of the clocks’ timing. Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, 24 July 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'asynchrony.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of asynchrony

1850, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About asynchrony

Time Traveler for asynchrony

Time Traveler

The first known use of asynchrony was in 1850

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near asynchrony

asynchronous transfer mode



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for asynchrony

Cite this Entry

“Asynchrony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!