Definition of asymmetric adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌeɪsɪˈmetrɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌeɪsɪˈmetrɪk//
    (also asymmetrical
    BrE BrE//ˌeɪsɪˈmetrɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌeɪsɪˈmetrɪkl//
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  1. 1having two sides or parts that are not the same in size or shape Most people's faces are asymmetric. opposite symmetrical
  2. 2(specialist) not equal, for example in the way each side or part behaves Linguists are studying the asymmetric use of Creole by parents and children (= parents use one language and children reply in another). Pilots need training in asymmetric flying (= when only one of two engines is working).
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Greek asummetria, from a- ‘without’ + summetria (see symmetry) + -ic.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: asymmetric