Adjective… tournament blackjack is more dynamic, and more complex, than simply playing against the house.—Michael Kaplan, Cigar Aficionado, December 2002Indeed, one of the most dynamic influences on family life and society in the last century was the extension of concepts to individual worth and human rights.—Perdita Huston, Ms., December 2001/January 2002The new dynamic duo have little in common but a bright orange ball.—Stephen Rodrick, ESPN, 3 Apr. 2000
an exciting and dynamic performance
the dynamic theory of heat Noun… 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… my memory of specific events is sketchy, but the general emotional flavor is engraved on my mind as a classic example of my family's bent dynamic.—Florence King, National Review, 15 Oct. 2001… the Cambrian Explosion, created the evolutionary dynamic that produced most of the species that subsequently populated the earth, from insects and fish to dinosaurs and humans.—J. Madeleine Nash, Time, 20 Aug. 2001Raisons d'état, not the dynamics of capitalism, created the American thrust for world influence.—Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Cycles of American History, 1986
the dynamic between a doctor and a patient
Group dynamics are important to consider.
The dynamics of this class are different from those of other classes.
Disease was a central dynamic in the decrease in population.
a study on famine and population dynamicsSee More
Recent Examples on the Web
While dynamic pricing promises efficiencies, retailers must ensure fairness so vulnerable groups don't carry an undue burden.—Elijah Clark, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 The opening number, along with several other songs in the show, had been specially arranged for live performance, and the beat was truly dynamic.—Billboard Japan, Billboard, 27 Nov. 2023 The mom of three tells PEOPLE the simple things make the whole Kelce family happy
Kylie Kelce loves her husband's family dynamic even more during the holidays.—Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2023 The streaming giant has handed out a second season renewal to Unstable, the family comedy exploring the father and son’s dynamic.—Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Nov. 2023 These outpourings filled up uninhabited valleys with crimson and tangerine rivers of molten rock and were often watched by curious onlookers from the surrounding hills, poked at by scientists, and celebrated by Icelanders as a showcase of their geologically dynamic country’s natural splendor.—WIRED, 16 Nov. 2023 This collaboration has allowed for a rare glimpse into their private family dynamic.—Jessica Testa, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Netflix is revisiting Rob Lowe’s family dynamic with his son, John Owen.—Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Nov. 2023 Nearby, the central business district continues to evolve its appeal beyond the 9-to-5, with two dynamic new districts, Quay Quarter Lanes and Sydney Place, boasting laneways lined with dozens of eateries and boutique stores.—Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Nov. 2023
Although the 2023 Women’s World Cup was the most successful in FIFA history, there are still many opportunities for improvements as this survey only focused on the player dynamics of the tournament.—Jackie Gutierrez, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 But the benefit isn’t just big numbers on the spec sheet; the vehicle’s driving dynamics impart confidence and a sense of supreme control behind the wheel.—Sean Evans, Robb Report, 25 Nov. 2023 If there’s a lack of boundaries or communication, or inflexibility, unbalanced power dynamics or you’re discouraged from having a life outside the family, know that these relationships are dysfunctional.—Sahaj Kaur Kohli, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2023 The post-pandemic era presents a unique challenge as employers grapple with shifting workforce dynamics.—Gleb Tsipursky, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2023 In their view, to ignore these dynamics and reject China’s overtures would be to court unacceptable risk and uncertainty.—John Lee, Foreign Affairs, 21 Nov. 2023 The resulting dynamic carries the risk of reaching beyond the current election cycle to affect public health policy in years to come, leading to lower rates among schoolchildren and seniors of vaccinations that protect them from measles, shingles, and HPV.—Darius Tahir, CBS News, 20 Nov. 2023 By examining the critical facets of environment, team dynamics, language, customization, education, follow-up care, and statistical analysis, leaders who want to enhance their customer service strategies in this emerging field can find guidance.—Sonia Singh, Rolling Stone, 20 Nov. 2023 But the candidates’ records and positions on homelessness, or any other issue, may not be as determinative as hard political dynamics — which includes Donald Trump.—Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2023 See More
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borrowed from French dynamique or New Latin dynamicus "relating to physical force or energy," borrowed from Greek dynamikós "powerful, efficacious," from dýnamis "power, strength, capability" (i-stem derivative, with suffixal -m-, of dýnamai, dýnasthai "to be able, have the strength or capability (to do something), be equivalent to," of uncertain origin) + -ikos-ic entry 1
French dynamique and New Latin dynamicus were popularized, if not introduced, by Gottfried Wilhelm leibniz. The Greek verb dýnamai appears to have been an original nasal present with the -n- infix generalized throughout the paradigm. If an Indo-European base *deu̯h2- (or *deh2u̯-?) "to fit together, join" is reconstructible on the basis of Tocharian B tsuwa "(it) adhered, cohered," Germanic *taujan- "to prepare, make" (see taw entry 1), then dy-n-a- may be allied; assumed is an approximate sense development "be joined" > "fit, be suitable" > "be capable."
borrowed from French dynamique, noun derivative of dynamiquedynamic entry 1