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 of the team, who is leading who has what emotional role. BostonGlobe.com, "Javonte Green’s departure disappointed Jayson Tatum: “I didn’t see that coming”," 27 Mar. 2021 Mack-Watkins has established a practice that investigates societal pressures, body image, gender dynamics, and other themes. Marley Marius, Vogue, "9 Art Exhibitions Worth Masking Up For This Spring," 19 Mar. 2021 The episode title also connects to the Pearsons experiencing unpleasant curveballs — namely, financial and employment woes, and complex mother-daughter dynamics — that shake their confidence. Amanda Ostuni, EW.com, "This Is Us recap: The Pearsons face crises of confidence in 'I Got This'," 17 Mar. 2021 The manager quickly grasps the integration of different numbers, market prospects, organizational structures and evolutionary, adaptive, transformative dynamics necessary for down-to-earth, pragmatic, concrete success. Anna Zanardi Cappon, Forbes, "Ring Around The Rosie, A Pocketful Of Posies. A-Tishoo!, A-Tishoo! We All Fall Down!," 12 Mar. 2021 In 2020, despite a litany of corporate task forces and renewed industrywide vows out of the music business to reform skewed dynamics — exhibit A, exhibit B — the number of women in music in top songs dipped even lower than in 2019, the study found. Amy X. Wang, Rolling Stone, "Women in Music Dwindled in 2020," 8 Mar. 2021 Of course, many other singers famous and unfamous have struggled with the anthem’s vast dynamics, dizzying melodies and inherent pressure involved with performing the piece. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Huntsville musician to sing national anthem at SEC Gymnastics Championship," 25 Feb. 2021 Meanwhile, there’s also a dreamy trip to Seoul, stressed-out parental dynamics, a wedding, scrunchies, and her younger sister’s discovery of boys. Devon Ivie And Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, "And Now, Some Discourse About the Ending of the To All the Boys Movie Universe," 12 Feb. 2021 Her own work has examined the racial dynamics of emotional labor, something that was completely absent in Dr. Hochschild’s original research. Mirel Zaman, refinery29.com, "What Is Emotional Labor, Really? You Might Be Surprised," 10 Feb. 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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8 Apr 2021

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“Dynamics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dynamics. Accessed 19 Apr. 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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