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 dynamical (audio) \
a : of or relating to physical force or energy
b : of or relating to dynamics (see dynamics)
3 of random-access memory : requiring periodic table refreshment of charge in order to retain data

dynamic

noun

Definition of dynamic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from dynamic

Adjective

dynamically \ dī-​ˈna-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dynamically (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 Good to know the Giants have taken interest one of the game’s most dynamic outfielders, Nick Castellanos, who hit .321 with 16 homers in 51 games after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Bumgarner is getting more expensive by the day," 5 Dec. 2019 After a summer in which Warren appeared to be the most dynamic Democratic candidate, the narrative of her campaign has shifted. BostonGlobe.com, "Warren, Patrick looking to make moves in an unsettled Democratic field - The Boston Globe," 4 Dec. 2019 Okudah spent much of the afternoon locking down Nico Collins, the Wolverines’ most dynamic receiver who was limited to two catches. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "The seeds of Michigan football's loss to Ohio State were sown on the recruiting trail," 30 Nov. 2019 Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts is still one of the game’s most dynamic signal callers, but his recent tendency to give the ball away has been alarming. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "Five games in Week 14 that will impact the College Football Playoff race," 29 Nov. 2019 In less than a decade, the virtual hospital has grown from a few part-time employees working out of a converted storage room into one of the country's most dynamic 24-hour ERs, where a rural health-care crisis plays out on screen. Eli Saslow, chicagotribune.com, "The most remote emergency room," 18 Nov. 2019 In less than a decade, the virtual hospital has grown from a few part-time employees working out of a converted storage room into one of the country’s most dynamic 24-hour ERs, where a rural health-care crisis plays out on screen. Washington Post, "The most remote emergency room," 17 Nov. 2019 Newcomers head for the most dynamic cities, where everyone else wants to live, too. The Economist, "The backlashWhy the arguments against immigration are so popular," 14 Nov. 2019 The rising temperatures are starting to shut down the single most dynamic sea ice factory on Earth. Author: Simon Denyer, Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "The climate chain reaction that threatens the heart of the Pacific," 13 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Funny enough, Nicole is actually a judge on The X Factor: Celebrity right now — a similar dynamic to Nicole and Thingamajig's relationship. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Is 'Masked Singer' Judge Nicole Scherzinger Really Dating Thingamajig?," 19 Nov. 2019 Again, this push-pull is a driving dynamic of this artist’s work. Holland Cotter, New York Times, "Peas, Socks and Sidewalk-Trash Sculptures: Just Keep Looking," 14 Nov. 2019 The familial relationship of Sailors coach Rocky Ciarelli taking Chalmers, his nephew, under his wing presented an interesting dynamic over the past four years. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "Daily Pilot Boys’ Volleyball Dream Team: Dayne Chalmers dug deep for Newport Harbor," 9 Oct. 2019 There’s a similar dynamic at play in the Haitian American community. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "In Florida, Nancy Pelosi says Trump ‘has confessed’ to violating his oath of office," 3 Oct. 2019 That can often set up a contentious dynamic between those who want to protect fish and those who want access to them. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Less than 3 percent of the ocean is 'highly protected'," 25 Sep. 2019 One of the most challenging aspects of the sibling relationship is the struggle to cope with a less-than-ideal dynamic. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: My wife’s Facebook behavior is disrespectful to me, and she refuses to stop," 19 Sep. 2019 The impact on children is devastating, being used as part of a manipulative dynamic with an abusive partner. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Former Judge Lance Mason spoke the classic language of domestic abusers in his plea for leniency in his wife’s brutal slaying," 16 Sep. 2019 Through the deceptively casual weapon of person-on-the-street tour interviews, Mandelup dredges to the surface a distressing dynamic. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“Jawline,” Reviewed: A Chilling Look at the Making of a Teen Influencer," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of dynamic

Adjective

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Noun

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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“Dynamic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dynamic. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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 dynamical (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 dynamically (audio) \ adverb

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