<operating system, communications> 1. Two or more processes that depend upon the occurrences of specific events such as common timing signals.

2. Occurring at the same time or at the same rate or with a regular or predictable time relationship or sequence.

Opposite: asynchronous.

(01 Feb 1996)

Occurring simultaneously.

Synonyms: homochronous.

Origin: G. Synchronos

(05 Mar 2000)