syn·​chro·​ni·​za·​tion | \ ˌsiŋ-krə-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce synchronization (audio) , ˌsin- \

Definition of synchronization

1 : the act or result of synchronizing
2 : the state of being synchronous

Examples of synchronization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This breathing rate automatically results in a synchronization between breathing and heart rate, such that our heart rate increases on inhaling, and decreases on exhaling. David Shearer, Quartz, "Fight performance anxiety with the same techniques elite athletes use," 7 Dec. 2019 The technique required precise synchronization, to make all the data points line up perfectly. Adam Glanzman, Smithsonian, "Meet the Global Team That Captured the First Image of a Black Hole," 19 Nov. 2019 By Sheila Bair The tango requires close synchronization between two partners. Washington Post, "The Democrats Are Moving Left. Will America Follow?," 12 Nov. 2019 Much like the synchronization of the string section and French horns in an orchestra, synchronous brain rhythms could potentially couple neurons in the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus together for the mouse to learn to fear a particular location. R. Douglas Fields, Scientific American, "Deeper Insights Emerge into How Memories Form," 18 Nov. 2019 The rate at which spindles synchronize with slow oscillations correlates with how well the rats remember their new skill, but factoring in the synchronization rates of both slow oscillations and delta waves generates a far better predictor. Quanta Magazine, "Dueling Brain Waves Anchor or Erase Learning During Sleep," 24 Oct. 2019 The current situation: The county has traffic signal synchronization that can be adjusted based on the time of day and the day of the week. Larry Barszewski,, "Broward will use artificial intelligence to improve your commute. Think of it as the ‘county brain.'," 18 Oct. 2019 There's a big distinction between synchronization — which is licensing — and real marketing. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "More Than a Publisher: Larry Mestel of Primary Wave Talks Emerging Markets, Whitney Musical and a Boston Win," 13 Sep. 2019 Specifically, instructions to output line modules would lose synchronization when instructions were sent to a pair of line modules, but only one line module actually received the message. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "How malformed packets caused CenturyLink’s 37-hour, nationwide outage," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of synchronization

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Dec 2019

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“Synchronization.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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