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dynamics Line breaks: dy|nam¦ics
Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈnamɪks/

Definition of dynamics in English:

plural noun

1 [treated as singular] The branch of mechanics concerned with the motion of bodies under the action of forces. Compare with statics.
Example sentences
  • The training allows astronauts to become familiar with the dynamics of body motion under weightless conditions.
  • Niccolò Tartaglia's early publications on mechanics, dynamics, and motion were in fact the first modern studies of ballistics.
  • The first volume covered dynamics, mechanics, hydrostatics, hydraulics, aerostatics, and pneumatics.
1.1 [usually with modifier] The branch of any science in which forces or changes are considered: chemical dynamics
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  • Events of DNA duplication were described in many eukaryote genomes, but are the duplication dynamics similar in all eukaryotes?
  • Do polyps of other cnidarian species have a tissue dynamics similar to that of hydra?
  • At Haverford College, I generally include an introduction to fluid dynamics in our undergraduate mechanics course.
2The forces or properties which stimulate growth, development, or change within a system or process: the dynamics of changing social relations
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  • Economic development creates its own dynamics and tensions in the social and political spheres, which must be addressed.
  • As this history makes clear, a powerful set of internal dynamics drove the development of the European economy in the second half of the twentieth century.
  • The question is: given the current political dynamics and developments inside the party, what will happen now?
3 Music The varying levels of volume of sound in different parts of a musical performance.
Example sentences
  • Variety can also be obtained without affecting the musical substance simply by repeating a melody with different dynamics or instruments.
  • A flute just always sounds flutey, no matter how exquisitely it is phrased, or how cleverly the flautist manages the dynamics.
  • Unless the conductor and the orchestra have a disciplined sense of dynamics when accompanying singers, we wind up believing we're not meeting expectations.


Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈnamɪsɪst/
sense 1.
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  • One of the most intriguing results from the Pathfinder mission was obtained by dynamicist William Folkner and colleagues from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech.
  • These conditions now need to be modelled by fluid dynamicists and mathematicians, so an understanding of the larger picture can emerge by carefully constructed mathematical models.
  • Computational fluid dynamicists can use the empirical data to verify their predictions regarding shape and time span of animal-induced flows.
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