American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to energy or to objects in motion.
- adj. Of or relating to the study of dynamics.
- adj. Characterized by continuous change, activity, or progress: a dynamic market.
- adj. Marked by intensity and vigor; forceful. See Synonyms at active.
- adj. Of or relating to variation of intensity, as in musical sound.
- n. An interactive system or process, especially one involving competing or conflicting forces: "the story of a malign dynamic between white prejudice and black autonomy” ( Edmund S. Morgan).
- n. A force, especially political, social, or psychological: the main dynamic behind the revolution.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to mechanical forces not in equilibrium: opposed to static.
- Pertaining to mechanical forces, whether in equilibrium or not; involving the consideration of forces. By extension
- Causal; effective; motive; involving motion or change: often used vaguely.
- In the Kantian philosophy, relating to the reason of existence of an object of experience.
- The doctrine that some other original principle besides matter must be supposed to account for the phenomena of the universe
- n. A moral force; an efficient incentive.
- n. The science which teaches how to calculate motions in accordance with the laws of force: same as dynamics.
- Sthenic; functional, not organic: as, a dynamic disease.
- In botany, capable of strongly swelling on one side: applied to tissue.
- adj. Changing; active; in motion.
- adj. Powerful; energetic.
- adj. Able to change and to adapt
- adj. music Having to do with the volume of sound.
- adj. computing happening at runtime instead of at compile time or predetermined
- adj. Pertaining to dynamics—the branch of mechanics concerned with the effects of forces on the motion of objects.
- n. A characteristic or manner of an interaction; a behavior.
- n. music The varying loudness or volume of a song or the markings that indicate the loudness.
- n. music A symbol in a musical score that indicates the desired level of volume.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to dynamics; belonging to energy or power; characterized by energy or production of force.
- adj. Relating to physical forces, effects, or laws.
- n. an efficient incentive
- adj. characterized by action or forcefulness or force of personality
- adj. (used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water')) expressing action rather than a state of being
- adj. of or relating to dynamics
- From French dynamique, from Ancient Greek δυναμικός (dunamikos, "powerful"), from δύναμις (dunamis, "power"), from δύναμαι (dunamai, "I am able"). (Wiktionary)
- French dynamique, from Greek dunamikos, powerful, from dunamis, power, from dunasthai, to be able; see deu-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“A state rep race used the term dynamic conservative to describe its candidate.”
“This dynamic is the focus of the section of the exhibition titled "Ideas Not Theories: Artists and The Club.”
“The friend who came with us pointed out that this dynamic is at work in The Golden Compass, too.”
“What emerges from this dynamic is a character who is vicious, close-minded, petty, and rude, and yet who becomes the infallible arbiter of morality for those around him.”
“In a second phase, which we call "dynamic," the systems will constantly mine information on their own from multiple domains via multiple sources, including text, video and audio.”
“Reflecting that uncertainty, Mr. Nakajima said, client demand for funds using what he calls "dynamic hedging" has increased.”
“He began to move into what he calls "dynamic actions," which led to his so-called "subsensory" works, like "Experiencia 1 A" 1971, which produced eerie, sensual images of hands rubbing various surfaces.”
“Yet when the dynamic is the sex industry being triage is viewed as collaboration with the enemy, as supportive of the terrible evil that causes the wounds.”
“I mostly agree, but I suggest the dynamic is a little different.”
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