Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun the activeness of an energetic personality
  • noun 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
  • noun active strength of body or mind

Etymologies

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

[French dynamisme, from Greek dunamis, power; see dynamic.]

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