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SYNCHRONOUS

 Dictionary entry overview: What does synchronous mean? 

SYNCHRONOUS (adjective)
  The adjective SYNCHRONOUS has 2 senses:

1. occurring or existing at the same time or having the same period or phase
2. (digital communication) pertaining to a transmission technique that requires a common clock signal (a timing reference) between the communicating devices in order to coordinate their transmissions

  Familiarity information: SYNCHRONOUS used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SYNCHRONOUS (adjective)


Sense 1synchronous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Occurring or existing at the same time or having the same period or phase

Synonyms:

synchronal; synchronic; synchronous

Context examples:

recovery was synchronous with therapy / a synchronous set of clocks / the synchronous action of a bird's wings in flight / synchronous oscillations

Similar:

coetaneous; coeval; contemporaneous (of the same period)

coexistent; coexisting (existing at the same time)

co-occurrent; coincident; coincidental; coinciding; concurrent; cooccurring; simultaneous (occurring or operating at the same time)

contemporaneous; contemporary (occurring in the same period of time)

parallel (of or relating to the simultaneous performance of multiple operations)

synchronic ((of taxa) occurring in the same period of geological time)

synchronised; synchronized (operating in unison)

Also:

descriptive; synchronic (concerned with phenomena (especially language) at a particular period without considering historical antecedents)

Antonym:

asynchronous (not synchronous; not occurring or existing at the same time or having the same period or phase)


Sense 2synchronous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(digital communication) pertaining to a transmission technique that requires a common clock signal (a timing reference) between the communicating devices in order to coordinate their transmissions

Antonym:

asynchronous ((digital communication) pertaining to a transmission technique that does not require a common clock between the communicating devices; timing signals are derived from special characters in the data stream itself)


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