asymmetrical
or asymmetric adjective Etymology: Greek asymmetria lack of proportion, from asymmetros ill-proportioned, from a- + symmetros symmetrical Date: 1690 1. not symmetrical 2. (usually asymmetric) of a carbon atom bonded to four different atoms or groups • asymmetrically adverbasymmetry noun

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  • asymmetrical — UK [ˌeɪsɪˈmetrɪk(ə)l] / US or asymmetric UK [ˌeɪsɪˈmetrɪk] / US adjective something that is asymmetrical does not have the same shape and size on both sides Derived words: asymmetrically UK [ˌeɪsɪˈmetrɪklɪ] / US adverb asymmetry UK [æˈsɪmətrɪ] /… …   English dictionary

  • asymmetrical — [ˌeɪsɪˈmetrɪk(ə)l] or asymmetric [ˌeɪsɪˈmetrɪk] adj something that is asymmetrical does not have the same shape and size on both sides …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • asymmetrical — index dissimilar, irregular (not usual) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • asymmetrical — 1680s; see ASYMMETRY (Cf. asymmetry) + ICAL (Cf. ical). Other forms that have served as an adjective based on asymmetry are asymmetral (1620s), asymmetrous (1660s), and asymmetric (1875); only the last seems to have any currency. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • asymmetrical — [adj] uneven awry, crooked, disproportional, gibbous, lacking correspondence, not proportionate, not uniform, unbalanced, unequal, unsymmetrical; concepts 480,566,606 …   New thesaurus

  • asymmetrical — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ lacking symmetry. DERIVATIVES asymmetric adjective asymmetrically adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • asymmetrical — I asymmetric, asymmetrical (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. uneven, irregular. See distortion, irregularity. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [a si MET ri kul] uneven, unbalanced, or lacking correspondence between… …   English dictionary for students

  • asymmetrical — [[t]e͟ɪsɪme̱trɪk(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is asymmetrical has two sides or halves that are different in shape, size, or style. ...asymmetrical shapes. Ant: symmetrical …   English dictionary

  • Asymmetrical — Asymmetric As ym*met ric, Asymmetrical As ym*met ri*cal, a. [See {Asymmetrous}.] 1. Incommensurable. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. Not symmetrical; wanting proportion; esp., not bilaterally symmetrical. Huxley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • asymmetrical — adjective a) Not symmetrical. Question six is asymmetrical: Are things going in the right direction or on the wrong track? (The West Wing, Season 1, Episode 21, Toby) b) Presenting a false dilemma, or a choice between two things which are not… …   Wiktionary

  • asymmetrical — adj. Asymmetrical is used with these nouns: ↑shape, ↑warfare …   Collocations dictionary

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