Definition of asymmetrical in US English:



  • 1Having parts which fail to correspond to one another in shape, size, or arrangement; lacking symmetry.

    ‘the church has an asymmetrical plan with an aisle only on one side’
    • ‘For naturalistic plantings, lay bulbs out in informal masses with curved borders and asymmetrical shapes.’
    • ‘Designer Malini Ramani, who showcased her collection earlier in the day, also used asymmetrical hemlines.’
    • ‘A bug-eyed waiter approached silently to offer me a multi-coloured drink in an asymmetrical glass, reassuring me that it was just a dream.’
    • ‘Apparently asymmetrical earrings are what all the hip kids are wearing.’
    • ‘At the very top of the structure is an asymmetrical spire.’
    • ‘Dressed in a leather aviator helmet, a long, black asymmetrical skirt and punkish boots, she has a covetable designer scarf wound around her neck.’
    • ‘But Rieu's tweed suits are asymmetrical and in contrasting bright colours, and her leisure outfits are decorated with a spiky geometrical motif.’
    • ‘We start with a series of drawings on white paper using a dark crayon, teaching symmetrical and asymmetrical patterns.’
    • ‘This difference used to be attributed to the asymmetrical shape of the human brain.’
    • ‘The new Freedom Tower, its asymmetrical design intended to mirror the nearby Statue of Liberty, will take another five years to complete.’
    • ‘Now it's gone all trendy - stone-flagged flooring, high tables and chairs of cast iron, the chairs being in a twirly asymmetrical design.’
    • ‘The latest trend to jolt the watch industry is see-through straps, asymmetrical dials, and funky colours.’
    • ‘An asymmetrical blouse, a drop-shoulder blouse with bat sleeves and a long skirt with an uneven border were among those displayed.’
    • ‘The older building's square symmetry finds its opposite in the asymmetrical cruciform of the new.’
    • ‘However, asymmetrical patterns often look more exotic than symmetrical ones.’
    • ‘Wool jackets have also been spotted in the same asymmetrical, unbalanced cut as those in suede.’
    • ‘Grouping pictures in symmetrical or asymmetrical groupings will always give a stylish look.’
    • ‘You only need to worry about freckles if one gets bumpy or turns into an asymmetrical, weird shape.’
    • ‘Humans find symmetrical faces more attractive than asymmetrical faces.’
    • ‘Here, the qualities of moulded mass-produced plastic are used to create an asymmetrical sculptural object of refined beauty.’
    lopsided, unsymmetrical, crooked
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    1. 1.1 Having parts or aspects that are not equal or equivalent; unequal in some respect.
      ‘the asymmetrical relationship between a landlord and a tenant’
      • ‘But it will have to adapt quickly to what has so far been an asymmetrical relationship.’
      • ‘Anyone who's ever been to a physician recognises that the relationship between a physician and a patient is an asymmetrical one.’
      • ‘Dependency implies subservience in a power relationship which is highly asymmetrical.’
      • ‘Consequently, external shocks will have asymmetrical impacts on different economic sectors of each country.’
      • ‘In this sense the causal relationship between God and creatures must be asymmetrical.’
      • ‘By the way, there's a difference between asymmetrical dresses and dresses that are just two different dresses sewn together.’
      • ‘Unfortunately for the singer, the relationship between him and Kennedy was inherently asymmetrical.’
      • ‘Unlike autosomes, X chromosomes are inherited in an asymmetrical fashion.’
      • ‘Power is always an asymmetrical relationship based on different knowledge and its unequal distribution.’
      • ‘They've been through so much more than most of us and, because of this, the relationships we have with them are bound to be asymmetrical.’
      irregular, unequal, differing, dissimilar, unlike, unalike, unidentical, unbalanced, lopsided, awry, askew, crooked, unsymmetrical, disproportionate, not matching
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