syn·​chro·​ny | \ ˈsiŋ-krə-nē How to pronounce synchrony (audio) , ˈsin- \
plural synchronies

Definition of synchrony

: synchronistic occurrence, arrangement, or treatment

Examples of synchrony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Francis Crick and Christof Koch proposed that consciousness is generated by networks of neurons oscillating in synchrony. John Horgan, Scientific American, 14 Aug. 2021 That uncertainty has led many researchers to wonder whether synchrony really matters. New York Times, 25 May 2021 The platoon's physical and mental synchrony wasn't immediate, though. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 7 May 2021 Kritsky: For many years, it was believed that the long prime number life-cycle was an ideal way to stop predators and parasites intermediate stages to evolve synchrony with the cicadas. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 26 May 2021 Strangers and couples seem to have differing levels of brain synchrony, for instance. New York Times, 25 May 2021 It's considered the most prestigious event -- a drill that requires the platoon act in complete synchrony. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 7 May 2021 Douglas fir makes cones sporadically and in synchrony with the shifts in climate over clusters of years. Suzanne Simard, Wired, 7 May 2021 The gaping mouth of one cat can trigger the same action in another, and followers might next mimic other behaviors of the first lion—making yawns a useful tool for prides to start acting in synchrony. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of synchrony

1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for synchrony

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.

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The first known use of synchrony was in 1848

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English Language Learners Definition of synchrony

: a state in which things happen, move, or exist at the same time


syn·​chro·​ny | \ ˈsiŋ-krə-nē, ˈsin- How to pronounce synchrony (audio) \
plural synchronies

Medical Definition of synchrony

: synchronous occurrence, arrangement, or treatment cells dividing in synchrony

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