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asymmetric

[ey-suh-me-trik, as-uh-] /ˌeɪ səˈmɛ trɪk, ˌæs ə-/
adjective
1.
not identical on both sides of a central line; unsymmetrical; lacking symmetry:
Most faces are asymmetric.
2.
(of a logical or mathematical relation) holding true of members of a class in one order but not in the opposite order, as in the relation “being an ancestor of.”.
3.
Chemistry.
  1. having an unsymmetrical arrangement of atoms in a molecule.
  2. noting a carbon atom bonded to four different atoms or groups.
  3. (of a polymer) noting an atom or group that is within a polymer chain and is bonded to two different atoms or groups that are external to the chain.
Also, asymmetrical.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; a-6 + symmetric
Related forms
asymmetrically, adverb
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Examples for asymmetric
  • There's a famous economics article about asymmetric information markets that uses used car buying as an example.
  • The charge build-up requires an asymmetric crystal structure or the presence of impurities.
  • No ruffles or asymmetric hems, and make sure heels are not too high.
  • He produced great earlier work on the economics of asymmetric information, and later on economic development and capital markets.
  • So they negate many of an insurgent's asymmetric advantages.
  • The patterns are always abstract, the designs asymmetric.
  • But by stepping in to rescue markets when they wobble, central bankers create asymmetric risk.
  • The relationship between the two levels is asymmetric.
  • Even modifying weapons systems to make them better-suited to asymmetric conflicts does not protect them from the budgetary axe.
  • That's because the traditional hedge-fund fee structure is asymmetric.
British Dictionary definitions for asymmetric

asymmetric

/ˌæsɪˈmɛtrɪk; ˌeɪ-/
adjective
1.
not symmetrical; lacking symmetry; misproportioned
2.
(chem)
  1. (of a molecule) having its atoms and radicals arranged unsymmetrically
  2. (of a carbon atom) attached to four different atoms or radicals so that stereoisomerism results
  3. involving chiral molecules asymmetric synthesis
3.
(electrical engineering) (of conductors) having different conductivities depending on the direction of current flow, as of diodes
4.
(aeronautics) having unequal thrust, as caused by an inoperative engine in a twin-engined aircraft
5.
(logic, maths) (of a relation) never holding between a pair of values x and y when it holds between y and x, as "…is the father of…" Compare symmetric (sense 1), antisymmetric, nonsymmetric
Derived Forms
asymmetrically, adverb
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