Definitions

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

  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

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

  • noun (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.

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

  • noun 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.

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

  • noun a unit of force equal to the force that imparts an acceleration of 1 cm/sec/sec to a mass of 1 gram

Etymologies

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

[From Greek dunamis, power; see dynamic.]

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From the French dyne, from the Ancient Greek δῠ́νᾰμῐς (dunamis, "force").

Examples

  • The word dyne comes from the Greek dynamis, power.

    Dyne-centimeter

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  • 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

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  • Conversions from/to Joule kilowatt-hour electronvolt calorie Btu horsepower hour foot-pound dyne - centimeter therm

    Joule

  • One dyne is the force that accelerates a mass of one gram at the rate of one centimeter per second per second.

    Dyne-centimeter

  • Expressed in SI units, the dyne equals 10-5 Newton.

    Dyne-centimeter

  • The erg is equal to the work done by a force of one dyne acting through a distance of one centimeter.

    Erg

  • Conversions from/to Joule kilowatt-hour electronvolt calorie Btu horsepower hour foot-pound dyne - centimeter therm

    Therm

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