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 Alternatively, players can just log in, make some moves, log out, and come back to it later, allowing for asynchronous play without much hassle. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 13 June 2024 What Is Eye Muscle Surgery? Eye muscle surgery is a minimally invasive procedure in which an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) loosens, tightens, or relocates one or more of the eye muscles to correct for structural issues (e.g., those that lead to asynchronous movement or atypical positioning). Troy Bedinghaus, Od, Verywell Health, 1 June 2024 Some employers are trying to work with this slacking trend rather than against it, instituting flexible work policies in the summer including shorter Friday hours, more work-from-home options, and asynchronous schedules or four-day workweeks. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 29 May 2024 The Merits of Asynchronous Work Adopting asynchronous work practices has opened up new avenues for flexibility and richer contributions from team members. Stephen Nalley, Rolling Stone, 2 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for asynchronous 

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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 23 Jul. 2024.

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