dynamic

[dahy-nam-ik]

adjective Also dy·nam·i·cal.

noun

a basic or dynamic force, especially one that motivates, affects development or stability, etc.

Origin of dynamic

1810–20; < French dynamique < Greek dynamikós, equivalent to dýnam(is) force, power + -ikos -ic
Related formsdy·nam·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·dy·nam·ic, adjectivenon·dy·nam·i·cal, adjectivenon·dy·nam·i·cal·ly, adverbun·dy·nam·ic, adjectiveun·dy·nam·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of dynamic

Historical Examples of dynamic

  • It was an innocent remark, and he understood it as such, but its effect on him was dynamic.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • They require the dynamic of a religious conviction in the hearts of men.

  • It is thorough because what is significant and dynamic in Hamlet is made focal.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • But no dynamo ever invented has the power that is centered in the dynamic will of a human being.

  • The camp was alive, ahum, vibrant with fierce, dynamic energy.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service


British Dictionary definitions for dynamic

dynamic

adjective

of or concerned with energy or forces that produce motion, as opposed to static
of or concerned with dynamics
Also: dynamical characterized by force of personality, ambition, energy, new ideas, etc
music of, relating to, or indicating dynamicsdynamic marks
computing (of a memory) needing its contents refreshed periodicallyCompare static (def. 8)
Derived Formsdynamically, adverb

Word Origin for dynamic

C19: from French dynamique, from Greek dunamikos powerful, from dunamis power, from dunasthai to be able
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Word Origin and History for dynamic
adj.

1817 as a term in philosophy; 1827 in the sense "pertaining to force producing motion" (the opposite of static), from French dynamique introduced by German mathematician Gottfried Leibnitz (1646-1716) in 1691 from Greek dynamikos "powerful," from dynamis "power," from dynasthai "to be able, to have power, be strong enough," of unknown origin. The figurative sense of "active, potent, energetic" is from 1856 (in Emerson). Related: Dynamically.

n.

"energetic force; motive force," 1894, from dynamic (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

dynamic in Science

dynamic

[dī-nămĭk]

Relating to energy or to objects in motion. Compare static.
Relating to the study of dynamics.
Characterized by continuous change or activity.
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