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 But more complex and dynamic AI systems, like robot cars, will challenge us in new ways. Tom Simonite, Wired, "As Machines Get Smarter, How Will We Relate to Them?," 19 May 2020 Such a scene would have been hard to imagine even a year or two prior, as craft cocktails are just now finding a foothold in the Kenyan capital, buoyed by a dynamic, nascent drinks industry. Jake Emen, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside Nairobi's Growing Craft Drink Scene," 18 May 2020 Adding big technology companies into the equation changes that dynamic. David Blumenthal, STAT, "Contact tracing must balance privacy and public health," 15 May 2020 Glycans are flexible, wobbly and variable; intricate, dynamic and somewhat unpredictable. Quanta Magazine, "Sugary Camouflage on Coronavirus Offers Vaccine Clues," 5 May 2020 There's even a glimpse of the director's 1951 nonfiction portrait of a boxer, the short Day of the Fight, whose intimacy and dynamic energy presage the cinematic flair to come. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Kubrick by Kubrick': Film Review | Tribeca 2020," 1 May 2020 The exceptions lie in some Core i5 processors, where the dynamic boost speed falls slightly to 1.15GHz or 1.10GHz speeds. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's 'Comet Lake-S' 10th-gen Core CPUs hit 10 cores and 5.3GHz speeds," 30 Apr. 2020 Warm-up Dawn stands her dynamic warm-up—which stretches and strengthens the body—with her feet apart, bending her legs into a deep lunge. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Tone It Up’s Karena Dawn Shows How to Get a Toned Booty Without Any Equipment," 23 Apr. 2020 How does inheriting Leonard's estate change their dynamic as a couple? Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Riverdale' Star Camila Mendes on More Mature Role in 'Dangerous Lies': "It Felt Nice to Graduate"," 1 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Will Oremus wrote about the unspoken dynamic in play within the toilet paper business on Medium. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Hand sanitizer? Toilet paper? Local grocer explains why they could be back soon.," 4 Apr. 2020 This historic moment could forever shift dynamics in both firms and families, leading to greater gender equality down the road. Annalyn Kurtz, CNN, "Millions of dads are stuck at home — which could be a game changer for working moms," 3 Apr. 2020 Everyone agreed that Jake had once been his mother’s favorite, but that in the years before his death, the dynamics in the family had shifted; Deb began complaining to Steph about Jake, and Steph was happy to egg her on. Rachel Monroe, The Atlantic, "The Killing of a Colorado Rancher," 20 Mar. 2020 There is an interesting dynamic in the Oakland system, period: The team is deep in shortstop talent. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s mailbag: Contract issues post-shutdown, roster possibilities and more," 19 Mar. 2020 The latest statistics point to the rapidly changing dynamics in the trajectory of the deadly Covid-19 disease. Jane Li, Quartz, "Coronavirus deaths outside China have surpassed those in China," 16 Mar. 2020 The ones that remain will need to be more efficient and prepared to adjust production to rapidly changing dynamics in the industry, including climate concerns. Justin Worland, Time, "Answers to Six Key Questions About the Oil Price Collapse," 11 Mar. 2020 Over dynamics in general, Blomstedt wielded masterful, nuanced control, and out of the strings in particular the conductor elicited spacious lines and huge measures of warmth, passion, and precision. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra delivers first-rate Bruckner Fifth with Herbert Blomstedt," 28 Feb. 2020 Part of this perception comes from two other dynamics in the race. Edward Morrissey, TheWeek, "Why moderates should think twice about Klobuchar," 12 Feb. 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 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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The first known use of dynamic was in 1744

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25 May 2020

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“Dynamic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dynamic. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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