asymmetric asymmetric

Definition(s):

  • (adj) characterized by asymmetry in the spatial arrangement or placement of parts or components

Usage(s):

  1. Insurgency is sometimes called an asymmetric war because on one side there is the state's manpower and firepower and on the other side there is an invisible enemy.
  2. The designer's signature that evening was asymmetric necklines and symmetric hemlines.
  3. The asymmetric sharing of fruits of growth has led to social tensions in the developing world.

News

  1. Fractal patterns spontaneously emerge during bacterial cell growth

    Despite bacterial colonies always forming circular shapes as they grow, their cells form internal divisions which are highly asymmetrical and branched. These fractal (self-similar) patterns are due to the physical forces and local instabilities that are a natural part of bacterial cell growth, a new study reveals. The research has important implications for the emerging field of synthetic biology.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Science Daily

  2. Plus-size Designer IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel Releases Into the Blue Collection; Drenched in Color and Vibrant Prints ...

    Available at http://www.igigi.com and select specialty stores worldwide, Into The Blue is a mixture of curve enhancing dresses and separates that feature subtle design details in the season’s hottest trends. Criss-crossing on the empire waist, asymmetric draping, ruching and pleating are used to highlight curves in bold palettes, print blocking, black and white combinations, and high-low ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: PRWeb

Quotes

  1. "We can expect that asymmetric warfare will be the mainstay of the contemporary battlefield for some time," Mr. Gates said. "These conflicts will be fundamentally political in nature and require the application of all elements of national...
    on Nov 26, 2007 By: Robert Gates Source: New York Times

  2. "Sadly, in asymmetric warfare, when you're battling an insurgency, typically the insurgents do not play by the same rules that we would like to play by," Jones said at a news conference at Bagram, the largest US base in Afghanistan.
    on Oct 28, 2006 By: Gen James L Jones Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "By now it must be clear that one nation cannot defeat these extremists alone. Neither can any one nation successfully combat the asymmetric threats of this new era. It will take the cooperation of many nations to stop the proliferation of dangerous...
    on Feb 12, 2005 By: Donald Rumsfeld Source: RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

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