Definition of asynchronous
1 : not simultaneous or concurrent in time : not synchronous asynchronous sound
2 : of, used in, or being digital (see digital 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
Recent Examples of asynchronous from the Web
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.
ClashMob speaks to an almost MMO-type experience, but thanks to the way iOS hooks into the cloud, game play can be asynchronous.
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Origin and Etymology of asynchronous
First Known Use: 1748
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