51. Asymmetric

Asymmetric

(letters – 10 | syllables – 4 )

  • |adjective| characterized by asymmetry in the spatial arrangement or placement of parts or components.

Assymetry:

  • |noun| a lack of symmetry

Symmetry:

  • |noun| (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane
  • |noun| balance among the parts of something
  • |noun| (physics) the property of being isotropic; having the same value when measured in different directions

(Wolfram Alpha)

Brick work deteriorating from time and weather.

Asymmetry in devolving brickwork

Asymmetric

  • |adjective| having two sides or halves that are not the same : not symmetrical
  • |adjective|not symmetrical

(Merriam-Webster)

Origin and Etymology of Asymmetric:

asymmetrical (adj.)
1680s; see asymmetry + -ical. Other forms that have served as an adjective based on asymmetry are asymmetral (1620s), asymmetrous (1660s), and asymmetric (1875); only the last seems to have any currency. Related: Asymmetrically

Asymmetry:

1650s, “want of symmetry or proportion,” from Greek asymmetria, noun of quality from asymmetros “having no common measure; disproportionate, unsymmetrical,” from a- “not” + symmetros “commensurable” (see symmetry).


Bloggers Note:

The term ‘asymmetric warfare’ is used extensively to describe battle operations by Department of Defense Officials. After researching however, I have come to realize that the term has become ubiquitous across many disciplines and sometimes in very interesting ways.

Asymmetric Information: When one party has much more information or data than another and is therefore in a better position to gain advantage.

http://www.cato-unbound.org/2015/04/06/alex-tabarrok-tyler-cowen/end-asymmetric-information

Asymmetric political polarization:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/06/yes-polarization-is-asymmetric-and-conservatives-are-worse/373044/

Asymmetric warfare:

http://warontherocks.com/2015/06/bad-guys-know-what-works-asymmetric-warfare-and-the-third-offset/

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