EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Physics the standard centimeter-gram-second unit of force, equal to the force that produces an acceleration of one centimeter per second per second on a mass of one gram. : dyn Abbreviation Origin of dyne 1835–45; < French < Greek dýnamis force, power
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Examples from the Web for dyne Historical Examples of dyne British Dictionary definitions for dyne noun the cgs unit of force; the force that imparts an acceleration of 1 centimetre per second per second to a mass of 1 gram. 1 dyne is equivalent to 10 -5 newton or 7.233 × 10 -5 poundal Word Origin for dyne
C19: from French, from Greek
dunamis power, force
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Word Origin and History for dyne n.
metric unit of force, 1873, from German use of Greek
dynamis "power" (see dynamic (adj.)); perhaps also influenced by French dyne, which had been proposed c.1842 as a unit of force in a different sense.
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n. A centimeter-gram-second unit of force, equal to the force required to impart an acceleration of one centimeter per second per second to a mass of one gram.
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The unit of force in the centimeter-gram-second system, equal to the amount of force required to give a mass of one gram an acceleration of one centimeter per second per second.
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