dy·​nam·​ics | \ dī-ˈna-miks How to pronounce dynamics (audio) \

Definition of dynamics

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 physics : a branch of mechanics (see mechanics sense 1) that deals with forces and their relation primarily to the motion but sometimes also to the equilibrium (see equilibrium sense 2) of bodies
2 : a pattern or process of change, growth, or activity population dynamics
3 : variation and contrast in force or intensity (as in music)


Definition of dynamics (Entry 2 of 2)

plural of dynamic entry 2

Examples of dynamics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction The dynamics around supply and demand, competition among players, and the profits or losses that follow will soon fix any unreasonable distortions in the business, leading to a more balanced situation. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 May 2022 Rupert Russell told me, has created a more abstract relationship between commodity prices and underlying supply and demand dynamics, which have never been the perfectly efficient forces economists tend to paint them as. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 12 May 2022 While some of the family dynamics, roles and responsibilities may be different, financial planning for households where the woman brings more earnings or assets is still essentially the same. Sandi Bragar, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Domee Shi has a gift for exploring deep cross-cultural, cross-generational dynamics via an outlandish fantasy conceit. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 As in the other microaggressions Rankine documents in Citizen, the power of this scene lies in the implicating and disarming second-person address, and the stark, unspoken racial dynamics at play. Ana Cecilia Alvarez, The Atlantic, 1 May 2022 Diana suffered grievously as a princess, but she also, by instinct and upbringing, had a sophisticated feel for the dynamics of royal power: whose charisma was whose. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 29 Apr. 2022 As a brand-building exercise, the GV70 is proof of concept that fusing design, materials, vehicle dynamics, luxury, and refinement is the way to make a mark in a crowded segment. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 27 Apr. 2022 The dynamics of the pandemic, as well as the war in Ukraine, are pushing up energy and food costs and fueling the nation's high inflation. Anneken Tappe, CNN, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dynamics

Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

circa 1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dynamics

Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

dynam(ic) entry 1 + -ics, after French dynamique dynamic entry 2

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26 May 2022

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“Dynamics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dynamics. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction
dy·​nam·​ics | \ dī-ˈnam-iks How to pronounce dynamics (audio) \

Medical Definition of dynamics

1 : a branch of mechanics that deals with forces and their relation primarily to the motion but sometimes also to the equilibrium of bodies
3 : the pattern of change or growth of an object or phenomenon personality dynamics population dynamics

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