asymmetry

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
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n a lack of symmetry

Synonyms:
dissymmetry, imbalance
Antonyms:
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
Types:
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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
footedness
the property of favoring one foot over the other (as in kicking a ball)
eyedness
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
Type of:
spatial property, spatiality
any property relating to or occupying space

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