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dynamic

[dahy-nam-ik] /daɪˈnæm ɪk/
adjective, Also, dynamical
1.
pertaining to or characterized by energy or effective action; vigorously active or forceful; energetic:
the dynamic president of the firm.
2.
Physics.
  1. of or pertaining to force or power.
  2. of or pertaining to force related to motion.
3.
pertaining to the science of dynamics.
4.
of or pertaining to the range of volume of musical sound.
5.
Computers. (of data storage, processing, or programming) affected by the passage of time or the presence or absence of power: Dynamic memory must be constantly refreshed to avoid losing data.
Dynamic websites contain Web pages that are generated in real time.
6.
Grammar, nonstative.
noun
7.
a basic or dynamic force, especially one that motivates, affects development or stability, etc.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < French dynamique < Greek dynamikós, equivalent to dýnam(is) force, power + -ikos -ic
Related forms
dynamically, adverb
nondynamic, adjective
nondynamical, adjective
nondynamically, adverb
undynamic, adjective
undynamically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for dynamical

dynamic

/daɪˈnæmɪk/
adjective
1.
of or concerned with energy or forces that produce motion, as opposed to static
2.
of or concerned with dynamics
3.
Also dynamical. characterized by force of personality, ambition, energy, new ideas, etc
4.
(music) of, relating to, or indicating dynamics: dynamic marks
5.
(computing) (of a memory) needing its contents refreshed periodically Compare static (sense 8)
Derived Forms
dynamically, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from French dynamique, from Greek dunamikos powerful, from dunamis power, from dunasthai to be able
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Word Origin and History for dynamical

dynamic

adj.

1817 as a term in philosophy; 1827 in the sense "pertaining to force producing motion" (the opposite of static), from French dynamique introduced by German mathematician Gottfried Leibnitz (1646-1716) in 1691 from Greek dynamikos "powerful," from dynamis "power," from dynasthai "to be able, to have power, be strong enough," of unknown origin. The figurative sense of "active, potent, energetic" is from 1856 (in Emerson). Related: Dynamically.

n.

"energetic force; motive force," 1894, from dynamic (adj.).

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dynamical in Science
dynamic
  (dī-nām'ĭk)   
  1. Relating to energy or to objects in motion. Compare static.

  2. Relating to the study of dynamics.

  3. Characterized by continuous change or activity.


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