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asynchronous

[ey-sing-kruh-nuh s] /eɪˈsɪŋ krə nəs/
adjective
1.
not occurring at the same time.
2.
(of a computer or other electrical machine) having each operation started only after the preceding operation is completed.
3.
Computers, Telecommunications. of or pertaining to operation without the use of fixed time intervals (opposed to synchronous).
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; a-6 + synchronous
Related forms
asynchronously, adverb
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Examples from the web for asynchronously
  • However, the first batch of nano ants had a programming flaw that caused them to fall asleep and wake up asynchronously.
  • The eggs hatch asynchronously and fledging occurs about a month later.
  • The system can be accessed either synchronously or asynchronously.
Word Origin and History for asynchronously

asynchronous

adj.

1748, from a-, privative prefix, + synchronous.

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