[sing-kruh-nuh s]


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

1660–70; < Late Latin synchronus < Greek sýnchronos, equivalent to syn- syn- + chrón(os) time + -os adj. suffix; see -ous
Related formssyn·chro·nous·ly, adverbsyn·chro·nous·ness, nounnon·syn·chro·nous, adjectivenon·syn·chro·nous·ly, adverbnon·syn·chro·nous·ness, nounun·syn·chro·nous, adjectiveun·syn·chro·nous·ly, adverbun·syn·chro·nous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
Derived Formssynchronously, adverbsynchronousness, noun

Word Origin for synchronous

C17: from Late Latin synchronus, from Greek sunkhronos, from syn- + khronos time
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Word Origin and History for synchronous

1660s, "existing or happening at the same time," from Late Latin synchronus "simultaneous," from Greek synchronos "happening at the same time," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + khronos "time" (see chrono-). Meaning "recurring at the same successive instants of time" is attested from 1670s.

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synchronous in Medicine


[sĭngkrə-nəs, sĭn-]


Occurring or existing at the same time.
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