\ ˈsiŋk \
variants: or less commonly synch
synced also synched\ ˈsiŋ(k)t \; syncing also synching\ ˈsiŋ-​kiŋ \

Definition of sync

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variants: or less commonly synch

Definition of sync (Entry 2 of 2)

: synchronization, synchronism moving in sync out of sync with the world

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sync adjective

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The use of the Photoshop engine means that Gemini too can sync with Photoshop on the desktop. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "The full Photoshop CC is coming to the iPad in 2019," 15 Oct. 2018 After having major sites fail, Astoria began submitting grants, securing additional repeater sites and syncing them up to make a more cohesive countywide system. Brenna Visser, The Seattle Times, "Communication dead spots frustrate Cannon Beach police," 8 Oct. 2018 There were guys who lip synced to the Pokémon song. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘Eighth Grade’ director Bo Burnham is happy that a lot of people ‘have no idea who I am’," 30 July 2018 Although the 46-year delay was due in part to negotiation issues with Franklin herself, there was another reason entirely that a documentary shot by legendary director Sydney Pollack took so long to appear: The audio wasn’t synced correctly. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "46 Years Later, Aretha Franklin's 'Amazing Grace' Resurrected by Modern Day Tech," 12 Nov. 2018 Every fiber in every muscle was firing for one unified purpose: to sync our oars and pull the boat across the water. Marcia Desanctis, Town & Country, "Rowing Is a Full-Body Workout You Can Do at Any Age," 23 June 2017 And no need to memorize, take screenshots, or scramble for pen and paper — the data is automatically synced with the Health app on your iPhone. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the New Apple Watch ECG App," 7 Dec. 2018 Will there ever be a more shocking moment than Garth Brooks’ lip-syncing scandal? Megan Stein, Country Living, "Everything to Know About the CMA Awards 2018 Entertainer of the Year Nominees," 12 Nov. 2018 Need to draft memos, highlight reports, toggle quickly between documents synced from multiple devices, take notes in the margins, or fill out PDF forms? Steven Melendez, WSJ, "Tablets That Let You Handwrite Notes...Digitally," 12 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Playing Battlefield, a tank moving left to right moves in sync with the Nari Ultimate’s haptics, while every explosion or stray bullet thud gets an accompanying, shorter shake. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Razer HyperSense's vision for haptic-filled PC gaming shakes up the future of peripherals," 10 Jan. 2019 The year began with most major economies expanding in sync. Jon Hilsenrath, WSJ, "Let the Good Times...Stay a Little Longer?," 16 Dec. 2018 Neither device is expected to include specific features that would demand the new version of the operating system, though Microsoft has in the past tried to keep its new hardware and OS revisions in sync. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Windows 10 October 2018 Update launch could occur during Surface event," 26 Sep. 2018 Even though the Washington men’s basketball team entered with a respectable 4-2 record, UW had been out of sync during the first month of the season largely because of its offensive difficulties. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Washington breezes past Eastern Washington with an eye toward top-ranked Gonzaga," 27 Nov. 2018 As boys, Kellman and Shafran shared the same vision problem: Amblyopia, a condition in which the brain and eye are out of sync, resulting in a lazy eye. Amy Kaufman,, "The surreal, sad story behind the acclaimed new doc 'Three Identical Strangers'," 1 July 2018 Your taps of buttons (d-pad left and right, d-pad up and down, block rotation) typically come with sound effects and musical notes, and the taps' associated notes are often in sync with whatever background music is percolating. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Tetris Effect review: The puzzle game of my dreams—literally," 9 Nov. 2018 There was an equalizer for getting sound just right, easy to use playlists, visualizers which offered psychedelic images loosely in sync with the music, and heavy customization. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Winamp Is Coming Back in 2019," 15 Oct. 2018 And when our biological clocks are off, everything about us is out of sync. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Daylight saving time ends Sunday: 8 things to know about “falling back”," 2 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of sync


1945, in the meaning defined above


1929, in the meaning defined above

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