American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In physics, the unit of force in the centimeter-gram-second system, being that force which, acting on a gram for one second, generates a velocity of a centimeter per second; the product of a gram into a centimeter, divided by the square of a mean solar second. The force of a dyne is about equivalent to the weight of a milligram. It requires a force of about 445,000 dynes to support one pound of matter on the earth's surface in latitude 45°.
- n. A unit of force in the CGS system that is equal to the force which generates a velocity of one centimeter per second acting on one gram for one second. Symbol: dyn.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Physics) The unit of force, in the C. G. S. (Centimeter Gram Second) system of physical units; that is, the force which, acting on a gram for a second, generates a velocity of a centimeter per second.
- n. a unit of force equal to the force that imparts an acceleration of 1 cm/sec/sec to a mass of 1 gram
- From the French dyne, from the Ancient Greek δῠ́νᾰμῐς (dunamis, "force"). (Wiktionary)
- From Greek dunamis, power; see dynamic. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word dyne comes from the Greek dynamis, power.”
“Cyberdyne is from The Terminator — made the killer robots”
“A dyne is the unit of force in the centimeter-gram-second system of measurement.”
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“PJ Evans @273 -- that would be an erg. a dyne-centimeter”
“The erg is equal to the work done by a force of one dyne acting through a distance of one centimeter.”
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“One dyne is the force that accelerates a mass of one gram at the rate of one centimeter per second per second.”
“Expressed in SI units, the dyne equals 10-5 Newton.”
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