asyn·​chro·​ny (ˌ)ā-ˈsiŋ-krə-nē How to pronounce asynchrony (audio)
variants or asynchronism
: the quality or state of being asynchronous : absence or lack of concurrence in time

Examples of asynchrony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rood has a sterling, gleaming tone and magnificent control — though her distance from the stage here and there resulted in slight asynchronies between the orchestra and the action. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 4 May 2023 Letters accept the absence of their addressee and the asynchrony of contact—and out of those constraints make another kind of presence possible. Kamran Javadizadeh, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021 The synchrony-versus-asynchrony issue is fundamental to the history of computer science. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, 6 Aug. 2019 In the emerging age of large offices, practical asynchrony seemed like a productivity silver bullet. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, 6 Aug. 2019 To figure out what causes this asynchrony, the researchers looked at participant’s brains using structural magnetic resonance imaging, which uses radio waves to view internal organs. Roni Dengler, Science | AAAS, 14 Dec. 2017 Those signals will be equally affected by clock asynchrony, so the algorithm can just compare their relative change as the chip moves and ignore the drift of the clocks’ timing. Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, 24 July 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of asynchrony was in 1850

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“Asynchrony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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