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dyne

[dahyn] /daɪn/
noun, Physics.
1.
the standard centimeter-gram-second unit of force, equal to the force that produces an acceleration of one centimeter per second per second on a mass of one gram.
Abbreviation: dyn.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < French < Greek dýnamis force, power
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dyne

/daɪn/
noun
1.
the cgs unit of force; the force that imparts an acceleration of 1 centimetre per second per second to a mass of 1 gram. 1 dyne is equivalent to 10-5 newton or 7.233 × 10-5 poundal
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Greek dunamis power, force
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Word Origin and History for dyne
dyne
metric unit of force, 1873, from Ger. use of Gk. dynamis "power," also infl. by Fr. dyne.
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dyne in Medicine

dyne (dīn)
n.
A centimeter-gram-second unit of force, equal to the force required to impart an acceleration of one centimeter per second per second to a mass of one gram.

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dyne in Science
dyne
  (dīn)   
The unit of force in the centimeter-gram-second system, equal to the amount of force required to give a mass of one gram an acceleration of one centimeter per second.
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Encyclopedia Article for dyne

unit of force in the centimetre-gram-second system of physical units, equal to the force that would give a free mass of one gram an acceleration of one centimetre per second per second. One dyne equals 0.00001 newton.

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