syn·​chro·​ny | \ ˈsiŋ-krə-nē , ˈsin-\
plural synchronies

Definition of synchrony

: synchronistic occurrence, arrangement, or treatment

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Also, the onset of crowd synchrony and the onset of bridge wobbling are not simultaneous. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New study sheds more light on what caused Millennium Bridge to wobble," 30 Oct. 2018 Staying true to their style, the song’s music video features some classic synchrony and modern dance emblematic of their early 2000s stardom. Melania Hidalgo,, "Watch the Backstreet Boys Break Out the Classroom Instruments for 'I Want It That Way' with Jimmy Fallon," 29 June 2018 The weakening of the feedback signals, according to the group’s models, led to a loss of synchrony between the brain areas. Jordana Cepelewicz, WIRED, "When Overtaxed Working Memory Knocks Your Brain Out of Sync," 9 June 2018 Can an audience create a dazzling sea of light to demonstrate synchrony? Ken House, Courant Community, "Newington Resident To Premier The Collective Crowd," 10 Apr. 2018 These cells beat in synchrony, causing the gel to bend and altering its microscopic structure. Matt Warren, Science | AAAS, "Watch a gel embedded with heart cells change color with every beat," 28 Mar. 2018 Fed by data about you in the cloud — and with the help of a virtual assistant — all of the machines will operate in perfect synchrony to enable a maximally efficient domestic life. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "To Invade Homes, Tech Is Trying to Get in Your Kitchen," 25 Mar. 2018 Working in synchrony, each elephant grabs its end of the rope in its trunk and pulls, drawing the platform and the treats within reach. Katherine Harmon Courage, Scientific American, "The Social Genius of Animals," 23 May 2017 Some eight minutes after launch, a pair of sonic booms rocked the area as the two side boosters set down in near synchrony on two landing pads at Cape Canaveral. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Falcon Heavy, in a Roar of Thunder, Carries SpaceX’s Ambition Into Orbit," 6 Feb. 2018

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of synchrony

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


syn·​chro·​ny | \ ˈsiŋ-krə-nē, ˈsin- \
plural synchronies

Medical Definition of synchrony

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

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