Definition of synchronization in US English:


(British synchronisation)


  • 1The operation or activity of two or more things at the same time or rate.

    ‘lack of synchronization between the dancers made it look clumsy’
    ‘the operations required a high degree of synchronization between the parties’
    • ‘Jack and Meg were in perfect synchronization.’
    • ‘The flames shot up the walls in such synchronization.’
    • ‘The voices are well done for the most part, though I found the synchronisation was frequently off by several seconds.’
    • ‘Costumed singers performed in front, often in synchronisation with the images.’
    • ‘Dolphins leap through the massive oceans in seeming synchronization.’
    1. 1.1 Adjustment of a clock or watch to show the same time as another.
      ‘clock synchronization between cities’
      • ‘The system does not sacrifice security or flexibility to provide accurate and powerful time synchronization to networks.’
      • ‘Provide accurate time synchronization for all time-sensitive systems.’
      • ‘Clock synchronization between cities became essential for creating reliable railroad schedules.’
      • ‘Accurate clock synchronization over large distances was needed for longitude determination.’
      • ‘Communications processors run a time synchronization protocol to achieve global clock synchronization.’
    2. 1.2Computing The action of causing a set of data or files to remain identical in more than one location.
      ‘folder synchronization allows users on different computers to use shared data sources’
      ‘easy synchronization with other wireless devices’
      • ‘The announcement heralds a significant step forward in the development of global data synchronization.’
      • ‘One such function is automatic synchronization among desktop, mobile PC and mobile phones.’
      • ‘The instant synchronisation of addresses and calendars to a computer is a useful feature.’
      • ‘Synchronisation typically copies your PC's contacts to your phone, or vice versa.’
      • ‘The senior will perform a remote synchronization with the firm's server.’