Definition of dissymmetry in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Lack of symmetry.

    • ‘Tariff dissymmetries are being exploited by a number of alternative calling procedures.’
    • ‘Possibly the most significative feature of these models is the very basic importance of dissymmetries.’
    • ‘The pattern of two Jewish authors to one Christian continues a legitimate and welcome dissymmetry in the book.’
    • ‘It's a really difficult question to answer because we can do a lot about dissymmetry.’
    • ‘And they're never even on the same level anymore, height-wise: she sits, he stands, they keep creating all kinds of dissymmetries between them.’
    1. 1.1technical The symmetrical relation of mirror images, the left and right hands, or crystals with two corresponding forms.
      • ‘Barron now suggests extending the definition of chirality to include time-reversal as well as dissymmetry.’
      • ‘Enantiomorphs belong to a special class of symmetry that is actually closer to a dissymmetry: ‘the mirror image of [the crystal is] not superposable upon the crystal itself.’’