- occurring at the same time; coinciding in time; contemporaneous; simultaneous.
- going on at the same rate and exactly together; recurring together.
- Physics, Electricity. having the same frequency and zero phase difference.
- Computers, Telecommunications. of, relating to, or operating using fixed-time intervals controlled by a clock (opposed to asynchronous).
- Aerospace. geostationary.
Origin of synchronous
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- occurring at the same time; contemporaneous
- physics (of periodic phenomena, such as voltages) having the same frequency and phase
- occurring or recurring exactly together and at the same ratethe synchronous flapping of a bird's wings
C17: from Late Latin synchronus, from Greek sunkhronos, from syn- + khronos time
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Word Origin and History for nonsynchronous
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- Occurring or existing at the same time.
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