asynchronous

adjective
asyn·​chro·​nous | \ (ˌ)ā-ˈsiŋ-krə-nəs How to pronounce asynchronous (audio) , -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

Examples of asynchronous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Networks are too complicated, too asynchronous, for such a simplistic disaster scenario. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "The coronavirus pandemic reveals how prepared the U.S. is for cyber conflict," 25 Mar. 2020 Instead of trying to recreate the real-time interactions of the office, team leaders should be doing what remote companies have been doing for years: embracing asynchronous communication. Amir Salihefendić, Quartz at Work, "When it comes to team communication, faster isn’t always better," 7 May 2020 The exception here is asynchronous 4KiB writes on RAID10. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Understanding RAID: How performance scales from one disk to eight," 16 Apr. 2020 Now all these regions are being affected in asynchronous ways by the global outbreak. Julie Muncy, Wired, "The PlayStation 5 Will Have a Sweet New Controller," 10 Apr. 2020 The headphone jack switch toggles from the normal mode of operation to a UART (Universal asynchronous receiver-transmitter) port. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "The PinePhone starts shipping—a Linux-powered smartphone for $150," 16 Jan. 2020 Not only have audiences fragmented across a larger range of TV shows and platforms, but most of their viewing is asynchronous and private. M.b. | Los Angeles, The Economist, "The Emmys reveal a fragmented television landscape," 23 Sep. 2019 The system connected then-current asynchronous telephone equipment with digital voice, data and video traffic of the future. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Chris Cooney, co-founder and worldwide sales leader for Tellabs, dies at 77," 9 Sep. 2019 In asynchronous systems, these failures are more problematic. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, "Was E-mail a Mistake?," 6 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of asynchronous was in 1748

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27 May 2020

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“Asynchronous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/asynchronous. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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