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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various theories or philosophical systems that explain the universe in terms of force or energy.
  • n. A process or mechanism responsible for the development or motion of a system.
  • n. Continuous change, activity, or progress; vigor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several philosophical theories that attempt to explain the universe by an immanent force.
  • n. Great energy, drive, force, or power; vigor of body, mind or personality; oomph or pizzazz
  • n. Dynamic reality; active energy; continuous change, progress, or activity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The doctrine of Leibnitz, that all substance involves force.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The doctrine that besides matter some other material principle — a force in some sense — is required to explain the phenomena of nature.
  • n. The mode of being of mechanical force or energy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the activeness of an energetic personality
  • n. any of the various theories or doctrines or philosophical systems that attempt to explain the phenomena of the universe in terms of some immanent force or energy
  • n. active strength of body or mind

Etymologies

French dynamisme, from Greek dunamis, power; see dynamic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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