Other forms: asymmetries

Asymmetry exists when the two halves of something don't match or are unequal. The American flag is an example of asymmetry.

If you understand symmetry, you're on your way to understanding asymmetry. Symmetry means that the parts of something are equal or match: if both halves of a house look exactly the same, that's an example of symmetry. If the sides are different, that's asymmetry. This concept can apply to relationships too. If one friend is taking advantage of the other, this is an asymmetrical relationship because it's not equal or fair. When you see the word asymmetry, think unequal or unbalanced.

Definitions of asymmetry
  1. noun
    a lack of symmetry
    synonyms: dissymmetry, imbalance
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    balance, correspondence, symmetricalness, symmetry
    (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane
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    geometrical irregularity, irregularity
    an irregular asymmetry in shape; an irregular spatial pattern
    lopsidedness, skewness
    an oblique or slanting asymmetry
    radial asymmetry
    the absence of symmetry about an axis
    handedness, laterality
    the property of using one hand more than the other
    the property of favoring one foot over the other (as in kicking a ball)
    the property of favoring one eye over the other (as in taking aim)
    directionality, directivity
    the property of a microphone or antenna of being more sensitive in one direction than in another
    ambidexterity, ambidextrousness
    the property of being equally skillful with each hand
    left-handedness, sinistrality
    preference for using the left hand
    dextrality, right-handedness
    preference for using the right hand
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    spatial property, spatiality
    any property relating to or occupying space
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