syn·​chro·​ny ˈsiŋ-krə-nē How to pronounce synchrony (audio)
plural synchronies
: synchronistic occurrence, arrangement, or treatment

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The phenomenon of synchrony is everywhere, in life and in technical applications, from mechanical systems to information processing among neurons in the brain. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 4 Nov. 2022 The strings roared through bellicose staccato passages in perfect synchrony, and the brass brought a great strength to tempestuous, martial gestures. Luke Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Nov. 2022 The work successfully simulated the complexities of the insects’ perfect synchrony. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 4 Nov. 2022 Smiles, laughter, eye gaze, or mimicry of signals weren't significantly associated with attraction, but rises and falls in the synchrony of couples' heart rate and skin conductance did correlate with rising and falling levels of attraction. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 15 Sep. 2022 But even basic synchrony has always posed an evolutionary mystery: How does blending in help any individual male stand out to a potential mate? Joshua Sokol, Quanta Magazine, 20 Sep. 2022 In a second experiment, when one partner was asked to take on a more challenging task, half of the individuals who developed synchrony with their partner in the first experiment took it upon themselves to help out. Jarret Jackson, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 The synchrony and the group periodicity were purely emergent products of the fireflies hanging out together. Joshua Sokol, Quanta Magazine, 20 Sep. 2022 The orchestra showed an impressive ability to build energy over time, and later, triumphant fugal passagework displayed more of the high level of ensemble synchrony in winds and strings that characterizes the orchestra’s present sound. Lukas Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


synchron(ous) + -y entry 2

Note: As a linguistic term borrowed from French synchronie, it was introduced along with synchronique synchronic by Ferdinand de saussure; see note at diachrony.

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of synchrony was in 1848

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Cite this Entry

“Synchrony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition


syn·​chro·​ny ˈsiŋ-krə-nē, ˈsin- How to pronounce synchrony (audio)
plural synchronies
: synchronous occurrence, arrangement, or treatment
cells dividing in synchrony

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