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a·sym·met·ric

 (ā′sĭ-mĕt′rĭk) also a·sym·met·ri·cal (-rĭ-kəl)
adj.
1.
a. Having no balance or symmetry: an asymmetric design.
b. Uneven in distribution.
2.
a. Existing or occurring between two incommensurate entities, especially to the detriment of one.
b. Characterized by an imbalance in power between two opponents in an armed conflict, especially one in which a weaker force uses unconventional means, such as guerilla or terrorist tactics: asymmetric warfare.
3. Chemistry Of or relating to a carbon atom having four different atoms or structural groups attached to it, resulting in an unbalanced spatial arrangement of atoms in a molecule, so that the molecule cannot be superimposed on its mirror image; chiral.

a′sym·met′ri·cal·ly adv.
a·sym′me·try (ā-sĭm′ĭ-trē) adv.

asymmetry

(æˈsɪmɪtrɪ; eɪ-)
n
1. (Mathematics) lack or absence of symmetry in spatial arrangements or in mathematical or logical relations
2. (Logic) lack or absence of symmetry in spatial arrangements or in mathematical or logical relations

a·sym·me·try

(ā-sĭm′ĭ-trē)
Lack of symmetry or balance.

asymmetry

the quality or condition of lacking symmetry. — asymmetrical, asymmetric, adj.
See also: Symmetry
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.asymmetry - (mathematics) a lack of symmetry
spatial property, spatiality - any property relating to or occupying space
geometrical irregularity, irregularity - an irregular asymmetry in shape; an irregular spatial pattern
lopsidedness, skewness - an oblique or slanting asymmetry
radial asymmetry - the absence of symmetry about an axis
handedness, laterality - the property of using one hand more than the other
footedness - the property of favoring one foot over the other (as in kicking a ball)
eyedness - the property of favoring one eye over the other (as in taking aim)
math, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
symmetricalness, symmetry, correspondence, balance - (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane

asymmetry

noun
Lack of smoothness or regularity:
Translations

asymmetry

[eɪˈsɪmətrɪ] Nasimetría f

asymmetry

[eɪˈsɪmətri] nasymétrie f

asymmetry

nAsymmetrie f

asymmetry

[æˈsɪmɪtrɪ] nasimmetria

a·sym·me·try

n. asimetría, falta de simetría.
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