[ dahy-nam-ik ]
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adjectiveAlso dy·nam·i·cal.
  1. pertaining to or characterized by energy or effective action; vigorously active or forceful; energetic: the dynamic president of the firm.

  2. Physics.

    • of or relating to force or power.

    • of or relating to force related to motion.

  1. pertaining to the science of dynamics.

  2. of or relating to the range of volume of musical sound.

  3. Digital Technology. (of data storage, processing, or programming) affected by the passage of time or the presence or absence of power: Dynamic memory must be constantly refreshed to avoid losing data.Dynamic websites contain web pages that are generated in real time.

  4. Grammar. nonstative.

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

Origin of dynamic

First recorded in 1810–20; from French dynamique, from Greek dynamikós, equivalent to dýnam(is) “force, power” + -ikos adjective suffix; see -ic

Other words from dynamic

  • dy·nam·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·dy·nam·ic, adjective
  • non·dy·nam·i·cal, adjective
  • non·dy·nam·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·dy·nam·ic, adjective
  • un·dy·nam·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for dynamic


/ (daɪˈnæmɪk) /

  1. of or concerned with energy or forces that produce motion, as opposed to static

  2. of or concerned with dynamics

  1. Also: dynamical characterized by force of personality, ambition, energy, new ideas, etc

  2. music of, relating to, or indicating dynamics: dynamic marks

  3. computing (of a memory) needing its contents refreshed periodically: Compare static (def. 8)

Origin of dynamic

C19: from French dynamique, from Greek dunamikos powerful, from dunamis power, from dunasthai to be able

Derived forms of dynamic

  • dynamically, adverb

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Scientific definitions for dynamic


[ dī-nămĭk ]

  1. Relating to energy or to objects in motion. Compare static.

  2. Relating to the study of dynamics.

  1. Characterized by continuous change or activity.

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