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dynamic adj
1 characterized by action or forcefulness or force of personality; "a dynamic market"; "a dynamic speaker"; "the dynamic president of the firm" [syn: dynamical] [ant: undynamic]
2 of or relating to dynamics
3 expressing action rather than a state of being; used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water') [syn: active] [ant: stative] n : an efficient incentive; "they hoped it would act as a spiritual dynamic on all churches" [syn: moral force]

User Contributed Dictionary



From dynamique < (dunamikos) "powerful" < (dunamis) "power"


  • /daɪˈnæmɪk/


  1. Changeable; active; in motion.
    The environment is dynamic, changing with the years and the seasons.
    He was a dynamic and engaging speaker.
  2. Powerful
  3. Able to change and to adapt (also in computing)
  4. Having to do with the volume of sound.
    The dynamic marking in bar 40 is forte.



Derived terms


Not steady; in motion
Able to change
Translations to be checked


  1. A characteristic or manner of an interaction; a behavior.
    Watch the dynamic between the husband and wife when they disagree.
    The study of fluid dynamics quantifies turbulent and laminar flows.
  2. The varying loudness or volume of a song or the markings that indicate the loudness.
    If you pay attention to the dynamics as you play, it's a very moving piece.
  3. A symbol in a musical score that indicates the desired level of volume.

Related terms


A behavior
The varying loudness or volume
A symbol in a musical score

Extensive Definition

Dynamics (from Greek δυναμικός - dunamikos "powerful", from δύναμις - dunamis "power") may refer to: *System dynamics, the study of the behaviour of complex systems
  • A Dynamical system in mathematics or complexity.
  • Dynamics (music), In music, dynamics refers to the softness or loudness of a sound or note. The term is also applied to the written or printed musical notation used to indicate dynamics.
  • Group dynamics, the study of social group processes
  • Microsoft Dynamics, business software for customer relationship management and enterprise resource planning
  • Psychodynamics, the study of the interrelationship of various parts of the mind, personality, or psyche as they relate to mental, emotional, or motivational forces especially at the subconscious level
  • Neurodynamics, an area of research in the brain sciences which places a strong focus upon the spatio-temporal (dynamic) character of neural activity in describing brain function
  • Power dynamics, the dynamics of power, used in sociology
  • Dynamic programming in computer science and control theory.
  • Dynamic program analysis, in computer science is a set of methods for analyzing code that is performed with executing programs built from that software on a real or virtual processor.

See also

dynamic in Danish: Dynamik (flertydig)
dynamic in German: Dynamik
dynamic in French: Dynamique
dynamic in Italian: Dinamica
dynamic in Hebrew: דינמיקה
dynamic in Dutch: Dynamiek
dynamic in Japanese: ダイナミクス
dynamic in Norwegian: Dynamikk
dynamic in Norwegian: Dynamikk
dynamic in Low German: Dynamik
dynamic in Polish: Dynamika
dynamic in Russian: Динамика (значения)
dynamic in Slovak: Dynamika
dynamic in Serbian: Динамика
dynamic in Swedish: Dynamik
dynamic in Turkish: Dinamik

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