syn·​chro·​nism ˈsiŋ-krə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce synchronism (audio)
: the quality or state of being synchronous : simultaneousness
: chronological arrangement of historical events and personages so as to indicate coincidence or coexistence
also : a table showing such concurrences
synchronistic adjective

Examples of synchronism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the image turns, in absolute synchronism with the turning of a receiving cylinder at the distant point, the high and low spots of the relief image are brought under a point or stylus. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2022 Synchronism colors are not blended but rather placed next to each other, just as music notes are placed one after the other to create a scale. Hailey Ross, idahostatesman, 16 June 2017

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'synchronism.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of synchronism was in 1588

Dictionary Entries Near synchronism

Cite this Entry

“Synchronism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on synchronism

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!