asymmetry

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Etymology[edit]

From a- +‎ symmetry.

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asymmetry (countable and uncountable, plural asymmetries)

  1. Absence of symmetry or proportion between the parts of a thing, or a distinction that produces such a lack of symmetry.
    • 1993, Joseph B. Hellige, Hemispheric Asymmetry: What's Right and What's Left, ISBN 0674005597, page 114:
      Despite the generally symmetrical appearance of the two hemispheres, however, a number of biological asymmetries have been documented during the last hundred years.
    • 1994, Roger Ferlet & ‎Alfred Vidal-Madjar, Circumstellar Dust Disks and Planet Formation, ISBN 2863321730:
      If the planet is on moderate eccentric orbit (0.01), it creates large-scale azimuthal assymetries which evolve at the orbital velocity of the corresponding resonance, for example at half time the planet velocity for the stronger resonance, the 2:1 one.
    • 1997, American Bar Foundation, ABF Working Paper - Issue 9304; Issue 9426, page 75:
      In this sense, the concern of political economy with assymetries of information among political actors is well-placed.
    • 2014, Amal Amireh & ‎Lisa Suhair Majaj, Going Global: The Transnational Reception of Third World Women Writers, ISBN 1317954084:
      Transnational feminists argue that feminists need to understand the material conditions that shape women's lives in diverse locations, particularly in a world "structured by transnational economic links and cultural assymetries" (Grewal and Kaplan, 3).
  2. The lack of a common measure between two objects or quantities; incommensurability.

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