Meaning of ASYMMETRIC in English

ASYMMETRIC

/ ˌeɪsɪˈmetrɪk; NAmE / (also asym·met·ric·al / ˌeɪsɪˈmetrɪkl; NAmE /) adjective

1.

having two sides or parts that are not the same in size or shape :

Most people's faces are asymmetric.

OPP symmetrical

2.

( technical ) not equal, for example in the way each side or part behaves :

Linguists are studying the asymmetric use of Creole by parents and children (= parents use one language and children reply in another) .

►  asym·met·ric·al·ly / -ɪkli; NAmE / adverb

►  asym·met·ry / ˌeɪˈsɪmətri; NAmE / noun [ C , U ]

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WORD ORIGIN

mid 17th cent.: from Greek asummetria , from a- without + summetria (see symmetry ) + -ic .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.