not occurring at the same time: The factory has two asynchronous production lines with end products paired in final assembly and shipped to buyers.
(especially in education) occurring or able to be completed independently according to a person’s own self-paced schedule or within a broad window of time, but not coordinated to be completed in real time with another participant: Distance learners may earn participation points by attending real-time video chats, or by posting messages and replies in asynchronous discussion boards.
Digital Technology. relating to or being a computer operation that can occur independently, without waiting for another event: Asynchronous responses are returned to the client side without blocking for the completion of the database processing request.
Computers, Telecommunications. of, relating to, or operating without the use of fixed-time intervals coordinated by a clock, as data transmitted one byte or character at a time.
- a·syn·chro·nous·ly, adverb
- Compare synchronous.
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How to use asynchronous in a sentence
During the part of the week that the returning cohort is not in school, the children will spend two days learning remotely, under an asynchronous model in which they study independently without any form of live instruction.Fauquier County Public Schools returns majority of students to classrooms | Hannah Natanson | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
I think people are disengaged in big video meetings — they just go in and multitask, and Slack is great, it’s instant and asynchronous, but… I just don’t see most companies doing distributed work in a text-first way.Remotion raises $13M to create a workplace video platform for short, spontaneous conversations | Lucas Matney | October 6, 2020 | TechCrunch
I have to meet with leaders across all cross-functional groups, figure out how asynchronous workflows are being used right now, how the leaders wish they were used more.‘You’re never putting this remote genie back in the bottle’: How GitLab’s head of remote Darren Murph spends his day | Lucinda Southern | October 5, 2020 | Digiday
For example, in order to truly embrace asynchronous work—crucial when teams are not in the same office or time zone—GitLab makes many meetings optional but records and documents everything.Want to know how to WFH better? There’s a class for that | Michal Lev-Ram, writer | September 22, 2020 | Fortune
A potential second-order effect, in this case, is a change in the agency workflows — maybe transforming some parts of the creative process into an asynchronous one.How to (re)build an SEO agency today – Part 3: Changing business models | Sponsored Content: SEOmonitor | September 22, 2020 | Search Engine Land
The machine is thus internally synchronous with step counter instructions being asynchronous.Preliminary Specifications: Programmed Data Processor Model Three (PDP-3) | Digital Equipment Corporation
This operation is completely asynchronous and is therefore handled differently than any of the preceding in-out operations.Preliminary Specifications: Programmed Data Processor Model Three (PDP-3) | Digital Equipment Corporation