dynamics

[ dahy-nam-iks ]
/ daɪˈnæm ɪks /

noun

(used with a singular verb) Physics. the branch of mechanics that deals with the motion and equilibrium of systems under the action of forces, usually from outside the system.
(used with a plural verb) the motivating or driving forces, physical or moral, in any field.
(used with a plural verb) the pattern or history of growth, change, and development in any field.
(used with a plural verb) variation and gradation in the volume of musical sound.
(used with a singular verb) psychodynamics.

Origin of dynamics

First recorded in 1780–90; see origin at dynamic, -ics

Definition for dynamics (2 of 2)

dynamic

[ dahy-nam-ik ]
/ daɪˈnæm ɪk /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for dynamics (1 of 2)

dynamics

/ (daɪˈnæmɪks) /

noun

(functioning as singular) the branch of mechanics concerned with the forces that change or produce the motions of bodiesCompare statics, kinematics
(functioning as singular) the branch of mechanics that includes statics and kineticsSee statics, kinetics
(functioning as singular) the branch of any science concerned with forces
those forces that produce change in any field or system
music
  1. the various degrees of loudness called for in performance
  2. Also called: dynamic marks, dynamic markings directions and symbols used to indicate degrees of loudness

British Dictionary definitions for dynamics (2 of 2)

dynamic

/ (daɪˈnæmɪk) /

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 Forms

dynamically, 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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Medicine definitions for dynamics

dynamics

[ dī-nămĭks ]

n.

kinetics
Psychodynamics.
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Science definitions for dynamics (1 of 2)

dynamics

[ dī-nămĭks ]

The branch of physics that deals with the effects of forces on the motions of bodies. Also called kinetics Compare kinematics.

Science definitions for dynamics (2 of 2)

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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