[ey-suh-me-trik or ey-suh-me-tri-kuh l; as-uh-]
- not identical on both sides of a central line; unsymmetrical; lacking symmetry: Most faces are asymmetric.
- (of a logical or mathematical relation) holding true of members of a class in one order but not in the opposite order, as in the relation “being an ancestor of.”
- having an unsymmetrical arrangement of atoms in a molecule.
- noting a carbon atom bonded to four different atoms or groups.
- (of a polymer) noting an atom or group that is within a polymer chain and is bonded to two different atoms or groups that are external to the chain.
Origin of asymmetric
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Examples from the Web for asymmetrical
Iconic looks include the metallic and asymmetrical bodysuits from the Aladdin Sane tour, the ice-blue suit from the Life on Mars?The Making—and Remaking—of David Bowie
September 23, 2014
But what about asymmetrical attacks, where the use of nuclear weapons is inappropriate?Memo to Bibi Netanyahu: It’s Time to Build an Arsenal of Awe
December 2, 2013
But on Thursday, she was spotted having lunch in Miami with a brand new chin-length, asymmetrical blonde bob."Punk: Chaos to Couture" Ends As Fifth Most Popular Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Exhibit; Hermès Unveils $12,900 Basketball
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August 16, 2013
But asymmetrical information is also a term of art in economics.How Product Labeling Killed Some Truly Righteous Weed and Might Even Raise Your Hospital Bill
May 8, 2013
I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty.Rogue L.A. Cop’s Facebook Manifesto: ‘You Will Now Live the Life of Prey’
The Daily Beast
February 8, 2013
The Pleuronectidae, or Flat-fish, are remarkable for their asymmetrical bodies.On the Origin of Species
Now it appears that the two halves of this missile are asymmetrical.Elements of Folk Psychology
Shoulders are narrow, usually tapered, and may be asymmetrical.Handbook of Alabama Archaeology: Part I Point Types
James W. Cambron
Always the architectural sense, though his rhythms are elliptical at times and he betrays a predilection for the asymmetrical.Unicorns
The tail is asymmetrical (heterocercal), and numerous placoid scales (dermal denticles) are embedded in the skin.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
- not symmetrical; lacking symmetry; misproportioned
- (of a molecule) having its atoms and radicals arranged unsymmetrically
- (of a carbon atom) attached to four different atoms or radicals so that stereoisomerism results
- involving chiral moleculesasymmetric synthesis
- electrical engineering (of conductors) having different conductivities depending on the direction of current flow, as of diodes
- aeronautics having unequal thrust, as caused by an inoperative engine in a twin-engined aircraft
- logic maths (of a relation) never holding between a pair of values x and y when it holds between y and x, as " …is the father of… "Compare symmetric (def. 1), antisymmetric, nonsymmetric
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Word Origin and History for asymmetrical
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Lacking symmetry between two or more like parts; not symmetrical.
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