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
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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 Born in 1912, Barns-Graham died in 2004, creating vivid and dynamic new artworks right to the very end of her life.—Leo Barraclough, Variety, 11 Nov. 2023 But the discovery of a dead zebra in a snare trap in 2021 would change the dynamic and provide a dark preview of what was yet to come: another dead zebra, a police raid, a prolonged search, a mysterious capture and three misdemeanor animal cruelty charges against Holly for the escape.—Maura Judkis, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2023 Elliott became the first female rapper inducted into the Hall of Fame and celebrated with a dynamic performance that showcased her expansive influence as one of hip-hop’s most visionary performers.—Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 4 Nov. 2023 Amazon Music closed out its current season of the Amazon Music Live series with a dynamic 50-minute set from Latto following Thursday Night Football.—Steven J. Horowitz, Variety, 3 Nov. 2023
Upending the race dynamics might prove more daunting for Mr. Biden than for his predecessors.—Adam Nagourney, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Character, dynamics and history can be established in a morsel.—John Anderson, WSJ, 16 Nov. 2023 Emma Coronel Aispuro, Guzmán’s much younger, infinitely more glamorous wife, epitomizes this dynamic.—Deborah Bonello, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 Gender introduces its own influence on family dynamics.—Sarah Sloat, The Atlantic, 14 Nov. 2023 The power dynamics and positions of different delegations became clear in the first two rounds of talks in Paris and Punta del Este, Uruguay.—Jennifer McDermott and Carlos Mureithi, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Nov. 2023 Facilitating Decision-Making In group settings, understanding the dynamics and reactions of stakeholders aids in making decisions that are acceptable and beneficial to all parties.—Mike S. Shapiro, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Is the 2024 election just another iteration of the same dynamic that has been in place since Trump descended his escalator?—Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker, 12 Nov. 2023 But the dynamics of Beshear’s race are difficult to replicate.—Mark Murray, NBC News, 8 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