Definition of asymmetry in English:


Line breaks: asym|metry
Pronunciation: /eɪˈsɪmɪtri

noun (plural asymmetries)

[mass noun]
  • Lack of equality or equivalence between parts or aspects of something; lack of symmetry: there was an asymmetry between the right and left ears the global system is marked by great asymmetry: the most important goods are controlled by groups in a relatively small number of countries [count noun]: gravitational asymmetries had pulled the sphere out of shape
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    • And when we choose asymmetry it is usually because we recognise the effect that the absence of symmetry produces.
    • To see an obvious example of asymmetry, just look at your hands.
    • Why must the price of peace be paid symmetrically, when only asymmetry exists in the causes of war?


mid 17th century: from Greek asummetria, from a- 'without' + summetria (see symmetry).

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