asyn·​chro·​nous (ˌ)ā-ˈsiŋ-krə-nəs How to pronounce asynchronous (audio)
: not simultaneous or concurrent in time : not synchronous
asynchronous sound
: 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
asynchronously adverb

Examples of asynchronous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An important component of the new affiliation is actually tied to the pandemic, when the school was forced to meld synchronous and asynchronous education. John Benson, cleveland, 30 Aug. 2023 Zoom via David Nield Zoom just introduced a new feature, Zoom Clips, to address the issue of asynchronous video chats. David Nield, WIRED, 27 Aug. 2023 Three types of instructional days can count toward the 180: in-person, virtual synchronous and virtual asynchronous. Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis Star, 6 June 2023 As an organization scales, keeping all employees on the same page requires consistent communication across several touchpoints: all-hands meetings, team meetings, 1:1 check-ins, asynchronous tools like Slack, and email. Ian White, Quartz, 29 Nov. 2022 By contrast, other activities are more productively done at home for the large majority of employees: focused head-down work, asynchronous communication and collaboration, and videoconference and phone meetings. Gleb Tsipursky, Fortune, 21 Aug. 2023 These clinics operate in different ways—some provide live video visits with doctors and nurse practitioners, while others offer asynchronous counseling—but many have experienced a record number of patient orders (and increased VC funding) over the past year. WIRED, 21 Aug. 2023 Discussions are held both in synchronous and asynchronous formats (on chat tools like Yammer) to provide options. Anna Oakes, Quartz, 6 June 2023 More compact and efficient than its predecessors, the asynchronous induction front motor is said to provide greater performance at less cost. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 25 July 2023 See More

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Word History


see synchronous

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of asynchronous was in 1748

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“Asynchronous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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