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asymmetrical

Line breaks: asym|met¦ric¦al
Pronunciation: /eɪsɪˈmɛtrɪkl
 
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Definition of asymmetrical in English:

adjective

1Having parts which fail to correspond to one another in shape, size, or arrangement; lacking symmetry: the church has an asymmetrical plan with an aisle only on one side
More example sentences
  • You only need to worry about freckles if one gets bumpy or turns into an asymmetrical, weird shape.
  • This difference used to be attributed to the asymmetrical shape of the human brain.
  • For naturalistic plantings, lay bulbs out in informal masses with curved borders and asymmetrical shapes.
Synonyms
disproportionate, unequal, misproportioned, ill-proportioned, ill-shaped, misshapen, irregular, distorted, out of shape, malformed, formless;
Scottish agley, thrawn
informal cock-eyed
British informal skew-whiff, wonky, squiffy
1.1Having parts or aspects which are not equal or equivalent: the asymmetrical relationship between a landlord and a tenant
More example sentences
  • Power is always an asymmetrical relationship based on different knowledge and its unequal distribution.
  • But it will have to adapt quickly to what has so far been an asymmetrical relationship.
  • Dependency implies subservience in a power relationship which is highly asymmetrical.

Derivatives

asymmetric

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The exquisite details and the asymmetric design break the balance, giving an energetic and smart look.
  • They reject conventional norms and rules of warfare and fight with asymmetric means.
  • This also leads to an asymmetric growth of the lower jaw and a very noticeable deformity of the lower part of the face.

asymmetrically

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • Historically, societies have been organised asymmetrically, between the masses or workers, and, on the other side, the divinely appointed, the elected, the experts.
  • The spokesman said an upward spiral in defence spending accelerated the arms race in the region, symmetrically or asymmetrically, voluntarily or involuntarily.
  • Terrorism is a methodology that small groups and states will use to asymmetrically attack large states and powerful interests.

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