Definition of synchrony in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪŋkrəni/


[mass noun]
1Simultaneous action, development, or occurrence.
Example sentences
  • Brain research has shown that using sound phasing for brain synchrony will adjust the brain waves to deeper states down to the delta wave pattern.
  • Like Sex and the City and Friends, both of which recently concluded, Frasier was about the peculiar contemporary synchrony of adolescent crisis and midlife crisis.
  • The early changes involved a delay in the timing of electrical recovery of the heart muscle following each beat, whereas the later changes involved the loss of electrical synchrony among various regions of the heart.
1.1The state of operating or developing according to the same time scale as something else: some individuals do not remain in synchrony with the twenty-four-hour day
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  • This external fact of life has its counterpart in our bodies; somewhere in the dawn of time these fundamental rhythms were etched into our brains, so that we would be organized in synchrony with our environment.
  • Animals at rest have been shown to use their spiracles, sometimes in synchrony with their mouth for respiration, but it is not clear whether spiracles play a role in respiration during swimming.
  • Temperature is one of the main signals that keep the circadian clock in synchrony with the environment.
2Synchronic treatment or study: the structuralist distinction between synchrony and diachrony
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  • One thinks of Mikhail Bakhtin's chronotypes, which introduced synchrony into the heavily diachronic tradition of literary history.
  • Nevertheless, by relying heavily on the notions of both synchrony and diachrony, Barthesian discourse aims to express how any of a host of other discourses function without ever claiming to be the final answer.
  • Barthes declared that ' serious recourse to the nomenclature of signification ' was the mark of structuralism and advised interested readers to ' watch who uses signifier and signified, synchrony and diachrony.'


Mid 19th century: from Greek sunkhronos (see synchronous).

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