- The definition of synchronous is something that happens at the same time or has consistent timing between each occurrence.
- An example of something synchronous is swimmers that all start at the same sound.
- An example of something synchronous is the timing of the action for parts of your car's engine.
- happening at the same time; occurring together; simultaneous
- having the same period between movements, occurrences, etc.; having the same rate and phase, as vibrations
- Elec. designating or of a machine, specif. an alternating-current motor, generator, or converter, whose normal operating speed is exactly proportional to the frequency of the current in the circuit to which it is connected
Origin of synchronousLate Latin synchronus ; from Classical Greek synchronos: see synchronize
- Occurring or existing at the same time. See Synonyms at contemporary.
- Moving or operating at the same rate: synchronous motors.
- a. Having identical periods.b. Having identical period and phase: synchronous oscillations.c. Relating to or being a satellite that orbits a celestial body at a speed that matches the body's rotation, thus remaining stationary as observed from the body's surface.d. Synchronized by an electronic clock: synchronous signaling.
Origin of synchronousFrom Late Latin synchronus, from Greek sunkhronos : sun-, syn- + khronos, time.
(comparative more synchronous, superlative most synchronous)
synchronous - Computer Definition
From Latin and Greek origins, synchronous translates as together with time. Referring to events that occur at the same instant of a coordinated time scale. If the events are repetitive, the instant of one event bears a fixed time relationship with the instant of a corresponding event, e.g., event a is followed 10 milliseconds later by event b. Synchronous processes in separate, networked devices depend on a common clocking source, on clocking pulses emitted by the transmitting device, or on synchronizing bits or bit patterns embedded in a set of data.
Refers to transmission of data through networks, in which the transmission is governed by specific timing requirements on the transmission end. Synchronous transmission is used on a byte level as well as on the level of entire messages.
See Also: Asynchronous.
Refers to events that are synchronized, or coordinated, in time. For example, the interval between transmitting A and B is the same as between B and C, and completing the current operation before the next one is started are considered synchronous operations. Contrast with asynchronous.