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

Other Words from asynchronous

asynchronously adverb

Examples of asynchronous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An asynchronous motor at the front and a permanent synchronous motor at the rear offer standard all-wheel drive for the full lineup, with 295 hp (220 kW) and 339 lb-ft (460 Nm). Abigail Bassett, Ars Technica, 26 July 2022 Then, discuss how to best share information and what kind of information constitutes synchronous or asynchronous communication. Hanna Marie Asmussen, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Greater flexibility and asynchronous work are only going to become more vital as the Great Resignation continues. Jane Thier, Fortune, 21 July 2022 Then, consider taking an asynchronous approach, at least at first. Lital Marom, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Both say that, at least in the interim, software such as e-messaging and asynchronous access to knowledge can help solve that problem. Ali Fazal, Fortune, 13 July 2022 After experimenting with online education — during school closures, asynchronous learning days or other variations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic — many kids have rejoiced at the chance to study in traditional classrooms. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 June 2022 Leaders need to choose when is better to have online meetings or asynchronous communications and when face-to-face is preferred, such as when building trust or discussing long-term planning and private matters. Luciana Paulise, Forbes, 29 June 2021 The past two years have compressed a decade of digital disruption and created an appetite for asynchronous collaboration that enables hybrid work. Jay Goldman, Forbes, 10 June 2022 See More

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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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10 Aug 2022

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“Asynchronous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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