Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Greek, 18th century
Not occurring simultaneously
(In digital communication) Having many operations that are not coordinated by a centralized clock or timing system
Examples of Asynchronous in a sentence
"Our asynchronous class schedule means that I’ll never get to have lunch with my boyfriend this semester. "
"He discovered the problem with the computer program was in the setup of the asynchronous system. "
Popularity Over Time
The next time you notice that the street lights are out of sync, you'll have a new adjective to use. Call anything that is not lined up, or not occurring at exactly the same time, asynchronous.
Did you Know?
Synchronous is probably a familiar word, so don’t let the “A” prefix confuse you. When “A” is added before a consonant, it can mean not or without. So asynchronous is quite simply, not synchronous.