asyn·​chro·​nous | \(ˌ)ā-ˈsiŋ-krə-nəs, -ˈsin-\

Definition of asynchronous 

1 : not simultaneous or concurrent in time : not synchronous asynchronous sound

2 : of, used in, or being digital (see digital sense 4) communication (as between computers) in which there is no timing requirement for transmission and in which the start of each character is individually signaled by the transmitting device

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asynchronously adverb

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And my belief is that where work happens is actually in your inbox, and is actually asynchronous. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Slack didn’t kill email — and it might have made it stronger," 4 July 2018 Texting is fun, lightly asynchronous, and possible to do with many people simultaneously. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "No One Picks Up the Phone Anymore," 31 May 2018 And in particular, the design of most online classes is asynchronous. NBC News, "Online class instructors more likely to respond to white male students, study finds," 13 Mar. 2018 AlternaVisit specializes in asynchronous telemedicine - where technology is employed to expand access to healthcare and doesn't require the patient and physician to be in the same place at the same time. William Thornton,, "AlternaVisit's Tom McDougal talks the future of telemedicine," 1 Aug. 2017 ClashMob speaks to an almost MMO-type experience, but thanks to the way iOS hooks into the cloud, game play can be asynchronous. Christina Bonnington, WIRED, "‘Infinity Blade II: ClashMob’ Uses the Cloud, Crowd-Sourcing for Group-Based Gaming," 12 Apr. 2012 Judith Donath, who founded MIT’s Sociable Media Group and wrote The Social Machine, predicts that text will be a less and less important part of our asynchronous communications mix. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Fall of Facebook," 17 Nov. 2014

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First Known Use of asynchronous

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for asynchronous

see synchronous

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