asymmetric

[ey-suh-me-trik, as-uh-]
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.
a.
having an unsymmetrical arrangement of atoms in a molecule.
b.
noting a carbon atom bonded to four different atoms or groups.
c.
(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:
1870–75; a-6 + symmetric

asymmetrically, adverb
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asymmetric or asymmetrical (ˌæsɪˈmɛtrɪk, ˌeɪ-)
 
adj
1.  not symmetrical; lacking symmetry; misproportioned
2.  chem
 a.  (of a molecule) having its atoms and radicals arranged unsymmetrically
 b.  (of a carbon atom) attached to four different atoms or radicals so that stereoisomerism results
 c.  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 symmetric antisymmetric Compare nonsymmetric (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…"
 
asymmetrical or asymmetrical
 
adj
 
asym'metrically or asymmetrical
 
adv

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asymmetrical
1680s, from asymmetry + -ical. Other forms that have served as an adj. based on asymmetry are asymmetral (1620s), asymmetrous (1660s), and asymmetric (1875); only the last seems to have any currency.
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asymmetrical a·sym·met·ri·cal (ā'sĭ-mět'rĭ-kəl) or a·sym·met·ric (-rĭk)
adj.
Abbr. a
Lacking symmetry between two or more like parts; not symmetrical.

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There are two basic kinds of catamarans on the market: symmetrical and
  asymmetrical.
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But in asymmetrical warfare, the test of victory is asymmetrical too.
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