- 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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They occur, however, either in 'synchronous' or in 'successive' order.
This corresponds to synchronous and successive associations.
It must be remembered that all qualities have their synchronous defects.The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 1
The principle of the synchronous motor is illustrated in Fig. 447.
In practice the synchronous motor has a number of pairs of field poles.
- 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 synchronous
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- Occurring or existing at the same time.
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