Definition of asymmetry in English:



  • [mass noun] Lack of equality or equivalence between parts or aspects of something; lack of symmetry.

    ‘there was an asymmetry between the right and left ears’
    ‘the global system is marked by great asymmetry: the most important goods are controlled by groups in a relatively small number of countries’
    [count noun] ‘gravitational asymmetries had pulled the sphere out of shape’
    • ‘Whether asymmetry threatens the development of a democratic federal system is open to debate.’
    • ‘Information asymmetry can be disadvantageous for the party with less information.’
    • ‘Why must the price of peace be paid symmetrically, when only asymmetry exists in the causes of war?’
    • ‘There's an ever so slight asymmetry of information though.’
    • ‘This suggests that the mutation might help explain both asymmetry and schizophrenia.’
    • ‘Many problems that occur during fetal development cause asymmetry in the resulting organism.’
    • ‘The patient is asked if the stimulus is sharp or dull and if there is any asymmetry between the right and left sides.’
    • ‘The asymmetry between the amounts of matter and antimatter in the universe remains unexplained.’
    • ‘The lungs were clear and there was no asymmetry in expansion.’
    • ‘The fanciful asymmetry of the French rococo style was considered the essence of beauty.’
    • ‘Waging war against the terrorists breaks this asymmetry and is the correct response to defeat terror.’
    • ‘In pre-empting the terrorist are we really dealing with asymmetry, or is something else at work?’
    • ‘To see an obvious example of asymmetry, just look at your hands.’
    • ‘And when we choose asymmetry it is usually because we recognise the effect that the absence of symmetry produces.’
    • ‘One other thing hits the eye, in addition to this maddening asymmetry.’
    • ‘One important source of asymmetry in fighting ability is a difference in body or weapon size.’
    • ‘As a result, however, the famous asymmetry of the Pirelli Building would be destroyed.’
    • ‘If they don't have a reliable network to use, the information asymmetry is huge.’
    • ‘However, there is an incredible information asymmetry in these kinds of proceedings.’
    • ‘As a result of the information asymmetry, a beneficial exchange would not occur.’
    asymmetry, lack of symmetry, non-uniformity, unevenness, crookedness, lopsidedness, contortion, deformity, jaggedness, raggedness, cragginess, indentation
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Mid 17th century: from Greek asummetria, from a- without + summetria (see symmetry).