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 In theory, elongating the trip to the place that gives The Mosquito Coast its title can have benefits, like offering a deeper understanding of the four main characters and the messy dynamics of their family. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, "‘The Mosquito Coast’: Justin Theroux Heads South of the Border," 29 Apr. 2021 An expansion on that scale would bring in a lot of fresh faces and ideas, while changing the dynamics of a body that has gotten too far from the American people. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The census is a reminder that we need a bigger Congress," 28 Apr. 2021 Based on the graphic novels by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, Jupiter's Legacy is an epic superhero drama that spans decades and navigates the complex dynamics of family, power and loyalty. Dana Feldman, Forbes, "5 Series Coming And Returning To Netflix In May That Are Worth The Binge," 27 Apr. 2021 Janet knows the internal dynamics of the agency and is an incredibly capable manager. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "U.S. Senate confirms Hoosier Janet McCabe to be Deputy Administrator in Biden's EPA," 27 Apr. 2021 The danceable track gets deep as well, exploring the power dynamics of a toxic relationship. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "New Music To Know: It’s All About The Message," 26 Apr. 2021 But some key progressives believe that having the ability to hold individual officers accountable is the only way to change the dynamics between law enforcement and minorities. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Biden's big climate pledge is another promise it will be hard to honor," 23 Apr. 2021 As Exor continues to balance the dynamics of luxury brand expansion, the holding company is also working to lock in a new lead for Ferrari; its former CEO, Louis Camilleri resigned in December for personal reasons. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, "Ferrari Will Debut Its First Fashion Collection in a Runway Show This Summer," 20 Apr. 2021 For years, under the power dynamics of Los Angeles policing, many victims who have accused powerful law enforcement institutions of wrongdoing have found their charges batted aside or buried in bureaucratic inertia. New York Times, "Vanessa Bryant Uses Her Platform to Battle the Powerful," 19 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of dynamics was circa 1789

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2 May 2021

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“Dynamics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dynamics. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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noun plural 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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