adjective dy·nam·ic \dī-ˈna-mik\

: always active or changing

: having or showing a lot of energy

: of or relating to energy, motion, or physical force

Full Definition of DYNAMIC

also dy·nam·i·cal \-mi-kəl\
a :  of or relating to physical force or energy
b :  of or relating to dynamics (see dynamics)
a :  marked by usually continuous and productive activity or change <a dynamic city>
b :  energetic, forceful <a dynamic personality>
of random-access memory :  requiring periodic refreshment of charge in order to retain data
dy·nam·i·cal·ly \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of DYNAMIC

  1. an exciting and dynamic performance
  2. the dynamic theory of heat
  3. … tournament blackjack is more dynamic, and more complex, than simply playing against the house. —Michael Kaplan, Cigar Aficionado, December 2002

Origin of DYNAMIC

French dynamique, from Greek dynamikos powerful, from dynamis power, from dynasthai to be able
First Known Use: 1827

Other Physics Terms

amplitude, centrifugal, centripetal, convection, gradient, hysteresis, kinetic, lase, quantum

Rhymes with DYNAMIC


noun dy·nam·ic \dī-ˈna-mik\

: the way that two or more people behave with each other because of a particular situation

: something that causes change or growth in something else

dynamics : the science that studies motion and the forces that cause or stop motion

Full Definition of DYNAMIC

:  a dynamic force (see 1dynamic)
:  dynamics 2; also :  an underlying cause of change or growth

Examples of DYNAMIC

  1. the dynamic between a doctor and a patient
  2. Group dynamics are important to consider.
  3. The dynamics of this class are different from those of other classes.
  4. Disease was a central dynamic in the decrease in population.
  5. a study on famine and population dynamics
  6. … the high-tech world is, at heart, a cruel, unforgiving place ruled by the merciless dynamics of the marketplace. —Michiko Kakutani, New York Times, 27 June 2002

Origin of DYNAMIC

(see 1dynamic)
First Known Use: 1868

Rhymes with DYNAMIC


adjective dy·nam·ic \dī-ˈnam-ik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DYNAMIC

also dy·nam·i·cal \-i-kəl\ a :  of or relating to physical force or energy b :  of or relating to dynamics
:  functional 1b <a dynamic disease>
a :  marked by continuous usually productive activity or change <a dynamic population> b :  marked by energy or forcefulness <a dynamic personality>
dy·nam·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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