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.’
    • ‘The latest trend to jolt the watch industry is see-through straps, asymmetrical dials, and funky colours.’
    • ‘You only need to worry about freckles if one gets bumpy or turns into an asymmetrical, weird shape.’
    • ‘An asymmetrical blouse, a drop-shoulder blouse with bat sleeves and a long skirt with an uneven border were among those displayed.’
    • ‘We start with a series of drawings on white paper using a dark crayon, teaching symmetrical and asymmetrical patterns.’
    • ‘Here, the qualities of moulded mass-produced plastic are used to create an asymmetrical sculptural object of refined beauty.’
    • ‘Grouping pictures in symmetrical or asymmetrical groupings will always give a stylish look.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This difference used to be attributed to the asymmetrical shape of the human brain.’
    • ‘Dressed in a leather aviator helmet, a long, black asymmetrical skirt and punkish boots, she has a covetable designer scarf wound around her neck.’
    • ‘The older building's square symmetry finds its opposite in the asymmetrical cruciform of the new.’
    • ‘The new Freedom Tower, its asymmetrical design intended to mirror the nearby Statue of Liberty, will take another five years to complete.’
    • ‘But Rieu's tweed suits are asymmetrical and in contrasting bright colours, and her leisure outfits are decorated with a spiky geometrical motif.’
    • ‘Designer Malini Ramani, who showcased her collection earlier in the day, also used asymmetrical hemlines.’
    • ‘Now it's gone all trendy - stone-flagged flooring, high tables and chairs of cast iron, the chairs being in a twirly asymmetrical design.’
    • ‘However, asymmetrical patterns often look more exotic than symmetrical ones.’
    • ‘Humans find symmetrical faces more attractive than asymmetrical faces.’
    • ‘Apparently asymmetrical earrings are what all the hip kids are wearing.’
    • ‘At the very top of the structure is an asymmetrical spire.’
    • ‘Wool jackets have also been spotted in the same asymmetrical, unbalanced cut as those in suede.’
    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’
      • ‘Consequently, external shocks will have asymmetrical impacts on different economic sectors of each country.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Power is always an asymmetrical relationship based on different knowledge and its unequal distribution.’
      • ‘Anyone who's ever been to a physician recognises that the relationship between a physician and a patient is an asymmetrical one.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But it will have to adapt quickly to what has so far been an asymmetrical relationship.’
      • ‘Dependency implies subservience in a power relationship which is highly asymmetrical.’
      • ‘In this sense the causal relationship between God and creatures must be asymmetrical.’
      irregular, unequal, differing, dissimilar, unlike, unalike, unidentical, unbalanced, lopsided, awry, askew, crooked, unsymmetrical, disproportionate, not matching
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