from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having no balance or symmetry.
- adj. Chemistry Of or relating to a carbon atom having four different atoms or structural groups attached to it, resulting in an unbalanced spatial arrangement of atoms in a molecule, so that the molecule cannot be superimposed on its mirror image; chiral.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of a shape, not symmetric.
- adj. Not involving a mutual exchange of keys between the sender and receiver.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Incommensurable.
- adj. Not symmetrical; wanting proportion; esp., not bilaterally symmetrical.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Destitute of symmetry; not symmetrical.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characterized by asymmetry in the spatial arrangement or placement of parts or components
The term asymmetric warfare is bandied about, another few words, 'hands tied behind backs', would be more appropriate. logdon
IEDs are what the military term asymmetric threats.
Klar proposed an explanation based on what he refers to as asymmetric cell division Ref 1.
The ones who have gone to what they call asymmetric tactics.
'The insurgents are extremely mobile, agile and adaptive and they know they can't defeat us man-to-man, firefight-to-firefight, so they use what we call asymmetric tactics to engage us and their weapon of choice is the improvised explosive device,' he said.
Bowden agreed to help me by providing his own understanding of civilian deaths in asymmetric warfare.
MAD does not work in asymmetric warfare, nor when the attacker does not value their own life, nor when the attacker is willing to sacrifice their own children for furthering theircause.
Extremists will forever be able to demagogue conditions of misery, making continued U.S. involvement in asymmetric warfare an increasingly counterproductive exercise — because killing one terrorist creates five more in his place.
And so they use what everyone calls asymmetric means to do this.
The struggle does remain asymmetric, but it may have evolved in a way that gives target countries, especially the United States, more leverage and control than we have assumed.