asyn·​chro·​ny | \ (ˌ)ā-ˈsiŋ-krə-nē How to pronounce asynchrony (audio) , -ˈsin- \
variants: or asynchronism \ (ˌ)ā-​ˈsiŋ-​krə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce asynchronism (audio) , -​ˈsin-​ \

Definition of asynchrony

: 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 The synchrony-versus-asynchrony issue is fundamental to the history of computer science. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, "Was E-mail a Mistake?," 6 Aug. 2019 In the emerging age of large offices, practical asynchrony seemed like a productivity silver bullet. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, "Was E-mail a Mistake?," 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, "Out-of-sync brain waves may explain why we get forgetful as we age," 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, "Wi-Fi could protect you from getting lost in virtual reality," 24 July 2017

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First Known Use of asynchrony

1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Asynchrony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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