dynamic

adjective
dy·​nam·​ic | \ dī-ˈna-mik How to pronounce dynamic (audio) \

Definition of dynamic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : marked by usually continuous and productive activity or change a dynamic city
b : energetic, forceful a dynamic personality
2 or less commonly dynamical \ dī-​ˈna-​mi-​kəl How to pronounce dynamic (audio) \
a : of or relating to physical force or energy
b : of or relating to dynamics (see dynamics entry 1)
3 of random-access memory : requiring periodic refreshment of charge in order to retain data

dynamic

noun
plural dynamics

Definition of dynamic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a force or factor that controls or influences a process of growth, change, interaction, or activity : a dynamic force or factor a social/cultural/interpersonal dynamic … describes a world order that seems to be evolving from ideology as the principal dynamic— Woody West Denial has always been the most devastating social and political dynamic of the AIDS epidemic …— June E. Osborn Still, one wonders, Is there a way to achieve … results without some of the extraneous nastiness, the relentless controlling dynamic?— Jack McCallum — see also dynamics entry 1

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Other Words from dynamic

Adjective

dynamically \ dī-​ˈna-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dynamic (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for dynamic

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of dynamic in a Sentence

Adjective … tournament blackjack is more dynamic, and more complex, than simply playing against the house. — Michael Kaplan, Cigar Aficionado, December 2002 Indeed, 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 2002 The 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. 2001 Raisons 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 dynamics
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Boy, Alabama’s offense was dynamic -- 621 total yards, 7.5 yards per play, 33 first downs, six scoring drives of at least 75 yards, two punts. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "The Cleveland Browns and Ohio State Buckeyes: 32 hours of watching, winning, losing, showering and football," 12 Jan. 2021 And can any of them come close to being as dynamic as Fields? Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "Alabama, Georgia lead the way in early look at the Top 25 for the 2021 college football season," 12 Jan. 2021 Edwards was dynamic in the opening half with 112 yards rushing on 10 carries. Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football signee Donovan Edwards 'the real deal' in West Bloomfield's convincing win," 9 Jan. 2021 Jones has been dynamic this season, launching some bombs and also expertly taking what the defense gives him without taking unnecessary risks. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Heisman Trophy Ceremony LIVE STREAM (01/05/21): Watch DeVonta Smith, Mac Jones, Trevor Lawrence, Kyle Trask online | Time, TV, channel," 5 Jan. 2021 Last year’s lineup of illustrious guests was as dynamic as ever — with rapper Saweetie, chef José Andrés, Anthony S. Fauci and Barack Obama among them — highlighting the show’s range of perspectives and pop-culture savvy. Washington Post, "8 hidden TV gems you might have missed (or forgotten about) in 2020," 1 Jan. 2021 Web-swinging down Broadway or across Central Park is still dynamic as ever, even more so thanks to the CPU and GPU in the PS5. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, "Our favorite video games of 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 His production stokes the imagination of how dynamic the offense could be next year from multiple tight end groupings when Jarwin returns. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Rise of TE Dalton Schultz makes Cowboys more dynamic when Blake Jarwin returns," 25 Dec. 2020 Fresh as a spring breeze, these are dynamic but also boast plenty of depth and length. Star Tribune, "From Armenia to South Africa, travel the world through sparkling wines," 23 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This dynamic often served to stamp out dissent within the ranks, which was once seen as a crucial component of fandom. New York Times, "How Pop Music Fandom Became Sports, Politics, Religion and All-Out War," 25 Dec. 2020 This love-hate dynamic then makes pop the perfect medium. Britt Julious, chicagotribune.com, "Musician and producer Matt LeGrand is big on Spotify and other streaming spaces, but not so much in his hometown," 24 Dec. 2020 This dynamic may change somewhat after Friday, when Vice-President Mike Pence was vaccinated on live television. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "African-American Resistance to the COVID-19 Vaccine Reflects a Broader Problem," 19 Dec. 2020 The actors have built a familial cautiousness that plays well to this dynamic. oregonlive, "A father-son video call yields refreshing pandemic theater: ‘This is Who I Am’ review," 14 Dec. 2020 Yet behind that relief is anxiety about how this unsettling new dynamic could play out in a presidential election much closer than the one the nation just went through. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, "Electoral college picks Biden, yet Trump’s bid to keep power could have lasting effect," 14 Dec. 2020 Through this dynamic, the story deftly exposes Shanghai’s class divide. Oliver Munday, The Atlantic, "Te-Ping Chen on the Search for Meaning in Shanghai," 11 Dec. 2020 But the pandemic might be forcing this dynamic to change. Samantha Schmidt, Star Tribune, "The pandemic is forcing men to realize they have a friend crisis," 6 Dec. 2020 This dynamic has already played out with a vaccine candidate from Moderna, which uses similar technology to Pfizer’s to trigger viral immunity. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Pfizer’s COVID vaccine comes with a chilly complication. But that may change," 28 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of dynamic

Adjective

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Noun

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dynamic

Adjective

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

Note: 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."

Noun

borrowed from French dynamique, noun derivative of dynamique dynamic entry 1

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The first known use of dynamic was in 1744

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24 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Dynamic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dynamic. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for dynamic

dynamic

adjective
How to pronounce dynamic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dynamic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: always active or changing
: having or showing a lot of energy
technical : of or relating to energy, motion, or physical force

dynamic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dynamic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

dynamic

adjective
dy·​nam·​ic | \ dī-ˈna-mik How to pronounce dynamic (audio) \

Kids Definition of dynamic

: always active, energetic, or changing a dynamic city

dynamic

adjective
dy·​nam·​ic | \ dī-ˈnam-ik How to pronounce dynamic (audio) \

Medical Definition of dynamic

1 also dynamical \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce dynamic (audio) \
a : of or relating to physical force or energy
b : of or relating to dynamics
2 : functional sense 1b a dynamic disease
3a : marked by continuous usually productive activity or change a dynamic population
b : marked by energy or forcefulness a dynamic personality

Other Words from dynamic

dynamically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dynamic (audio) \ adverb

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