asynchronous

[ey-sing-kruh-nuh s]

adjective

not occurring at the same time.
(of a computer or other electrical machine) having each operation started only after the preceding operation is completed.
Computers, Telecommunications. of or relating to operation without the use of fixed time intervals (opposed to synchronous).

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. asymptote,
  2. asymptotic,
  3. asymptotic freedom,
  4. asynapsis,
  5. asynchronism,
  6. asynchronous transmission,
  7. asynclitism,
  8. asyndesis,
  9. asyndetic,
  10. asyndeton

Origin of asynchronous

First recorded in 1740–50; a-6 + synchronous

Related formsa·syn·chro·nous·ly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for asynchronous

asynchronous

adj.

1748, from a-, privative prefix, + synchronous.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper