Definition of dynamic in US English:

dynamic

adjective

  • 1(of a process or system) characterized by constant change, activity, or progress.

    ‘a dynamic economy’
    • ‘Both the capitalist economy and the world climate are complex, dynamic systems.’
    • ‘The daytime social system is dynamic, with only some members of the population seen together at a time.’
    • ‘The transaction process is a dynamic system that is composed of the interplay of the three information flows.’
    • ‘The many sequences involving herds of horses racing at full speed are very dynamic with effective use of the surrounds.’
    • ‘Human society, like any system composed of dynamic processes, depends on an external energy source.’
    • ‘They see this as an area that needs to be better planned in order to deliver the kind of roads and other back up services demanded by a modern dynamic economy.’
    • ‘It could cap off an immense performance that has embraced all types of offensive records and included the development of a dynamic defense.’
    • ‘In this work, networks are conceived as dynamic systems that self-assemble and evolve in time through the addition and removal of actors and ties.’
    • ‘The key to development lies in a dynamic private sector.’
    • ‘The dynamic nature of the security market, combined with its seemingly perpetual immaturity, can leave any forecast about its future off target.’
    • ‘The dynamic nature of curricula in general, and the curriculum at our school in particular, also poses a challenge to the interpretation of the results.’
    • ‘Web sites, by their very nature, are dynamic and need to change over time.’
    • ‘Because many factors are involved and they are dynamic, responses of crops cannot be easily predicted, yet agronomically they are of considerable importance.’
    • ‘According to MacDougall, game development is, by nature, dynamic.’
    • ‘All clinical interactions with adolescents must be seen against this dynamic background of development.’
    • ‘The bulk of these are high-powered, dynamic events with ideas sparking and wit at a maximum.’
    • ‘Emotional structures are not simply on or off: they are dynamic, and hence prone to myriad fluctuations in relation to thought and perception.’
    • ‘To use a cliché, the only constant in a dynamic economy is change.’
    • ‘In this context, climate change should be viewed as a dynamic system of atmospheric processes and their products.’
    • ‘The critical point to be made at the outset of this discussion of the new regionalism is the dynamic relationship between developments in different parts of the world.’
    modern, liberal, advanced, forward-looking, forward-thinking, go-ahead, enlightened, enterprising, innovative, up-and-coming, new, avant-garde, modernistic, disruptive
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    1. 1.1Physics Relating to forces producing motion.
      Often contrasted with static
      • ‘We would therefore postulate that individual lipid molecules in fusion intermediates would have canonical structure but increased dynamic motion.’
      • ‘The water going down your plughole, the planets going around the sun, the electrons spinning around a nucleus, they all reflect the same dynamic tension between opposing forces.’
      • ‘For Bernoulli's principle to dominate a dynamic situation, friction must be less dominant.’
      • ‘The primary means by which a fly wing creates aerodynamic force is dynamic stall.’
      • ‘As for the carbon monoxide complex, our main interest was to characterize the dynamic motion of the 02 and imidazole axial ligands.’
    2. 1.2Linguistics (of a verb) expressing an action, activity, event, or process.
      Contrasted with stative
      • ‘This is a category of verb that contrasts with dynamic verb in the aspect system of a language, and relates to state and not action: in English, such verbs as belong, love.’
    3. 1.3 Denoting or relating to web pages that update frequently or are generated according to an individual's search terms.
      ‘the dynamic content of these sites keeps their audience informed and up to date’
      • ‘Now, what if we changed the page to something dynamic.’
      • ‘Do you feel that to be successful an e-business needs a dynamic website?’
      • ‘This article served as an introduction to using includes in PHP and building a simple, dynamic website.’
      • ‘Robot programs that are used by search engines to index sites hate dynamic pages.’
      • ‘To allow for more interactivity, the concept of dynamic pages was added.’
      • ‘Of course, what is so compelling about e-cards is that they're easy to send, easy to personalize, and have dynamic content.’
      • ‘This can be particularly useful for report generators or dynamic Web sites.’
      • ‘The majority of the movement's dynamic Internet content is presented in Arabic for local consumption.’
      • ‘For example, suppose you have a large dynamic website that uses advanced scripts to put a user interface on an organization's financial system.’
      • ‘A CMS system will very often require SEO more than static sites, depending of the dynamic nature of the pages.’
      • ‘The first and most important component of MIRA's dynamic content is its weekly Arabic newsletter, The Monitor [ 117 ].’
      • ‘Dynamic profiling is information gathered from actual executions of a program.’
      • ‘Desktop wallpaper is interesting enough, but dynamic applications can be put on the desktop as well.’
      • ‘A typical visit to Indymedia's main Web site (www.indymedia.org) reveals an active, dynamic presentation of news.’
      • ‘Web page content on pages that ads are served should be static not dynamic.’
      • ‘Try to convert your dynamic pages to static ones, or let the server do it for you to reduce the number of parameters in the URL.’
      • ‘The sidebar is the place where small, dynamic applications live.’
      • ‘A common problem for sites using databases concerns dynamic urls.’
      • ‘Backups protect the HTML content but are not critical, since the Web farms do not generally host dynamic data.’
      • ‘Google says that a dynamic URL with 2 parameters "should" get indexed.’
  • 2(of a person) positive in attitude and full of energy and new ideas.

    ‘she's dynamic and determined’
    • ‘He is dynamic and a good ball handler, yet he also has the ability to scrummage well.’
    • ‘He is so dynamic, right inside himself, and beautiful, and charming, and funny.’
    • ‘She was dynamic, a bit high-strung, of strong character, and completely devoted to the cause.’
    • ‘On stage, he is truly dynamic, exuding a palpable charisma comparable to the likes of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.’
    • ‘He's dynamic, he's bright, he's an inspiring person.’
    • ‘He is dynamic and quite quick, and gets in behind the defence, which I think is why he gets noticed a lot.’
    • ‘He is dynamic in the loose and we expect big things of him.’
    • ‘Tony Meola, the league's reigning MVP, was as inspirational as he was dynamic last season.’
    • ‘He is dynamic, ahead of the pack, and 100 per cent for the customer.’
    • ‘As a child I was always out and about with friends, constantly doing things, we were very dynamic.’
    • ‘The two of them together are a dynamic team, full of energy, life and very headstrong.’
    • ‘A party insider agrees that she is dynamic: ‘She is focused and intelligent, and doesn't suffer fools gladly.’’
    • ‘Fassel can't seem to find the fight mix, but when he is on, he is dynamic.’
    • ‘We are always adapting and changing; we are dynamic, not stagnant beings.’
    • ‘The Netherlands has arrived on the scene in the last few years with a crop of vital, dynamic young directors.’
    • ‘Yet, they are dynamic and open to assimilate and incorporate new ideas that explain further aspects of change.’
    • ‘She said: ‘She was full of ideas, very dynamic, a great leader and with it all she had a very real sense of humility.’’
    • ‘Along comes the brash dynamic young executive with pronounced ideas upon improving efficiency.’
    • ‘You are dynamic, forceful and assertive while making new beginnings at work and soft, gentle and loving in personal relationships today.’
    • ‘Although still only a junior, she was dynamic and powerful, with routines of outstanding difficulty on all four events.’
    energetic, spirited, active, lively, zestful, vital, vigorous, strong, forceful, powerful, potent, positive, effective, effectual, high-powered, aggressive, driving, pushing, bold, enterprising
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  • 3Relating to the volume of sound produced by an instrument, voice, or recording.

    ‘an astounding dynamic range’
    • ‘Brilliant orchestral playing and dynamic rhythmic articulation were the hallmarks of a stunning performance.’
    • ‘Now at the peak of her powers, Zajick can apparently do just about anything she wishes with her voice, at all dynamic levels and throughout her range.’
    • ‘The Dolby Surround audio is also more dynamic than the original stereo broadcast, offering crystal clear dialogue and punchy music.’
    • ‘In theory this produces a cleaner and more dynamic sound.’
    • ‘Even better is the sound, a dynamic, active Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.’
  • 4Electronics
    (of a memory device) needing to be refreshed by the periodic application of a voltage.

    • ‘The patent pertains to the method of forming a data storage capacitor with a wide electrode area for dynamic random access memory using double spacers.’
    • ‘The research produced an article and a patent for a novel type of dynamic computer memory.’
    • ‘Although not as dense, SRAM is many times faster than dynamic random access memory.’
    • ‘This is a method for manufacturing dynamic random access memory capable of increasing the storage capacity of the capacitor.’
    • ‘This describes the method and apparatus for detecting an initialization signal and a command packet error in packetized dynamic random access memories.’

noun

  • 1A force that stimulates change or progress within a system or process.

    ‘evaluation is part of the basic dynamic of the project’
    • ‘This system is characterized by an expansive dynamic which invades every pre-technological enclave and shapes the whole of social life.’
    • ‘I think the same dynamic exists within the elite of every culture.’
    • ‘More and more nations understand that this is the basic dynamic of globalization.’
    • ‘Placing families under surveillance alters the whole dynamic of family life, and may force parents into what one father called ‘defensive parenting’.’
    • ‘The terrible poverty at the global level he sees as getting worse, with the same dynamic at work within all countries, even industrialised ones.’
    • ‘It's both like and unlike the mass of Gunn's work, and that gives me as reader a dynamic I find stimulating.’
    • ‘I didn't like being stuck in a power dynamic where I had to force people to do what I could do on my own.’
    • ‘There is thus a new dynamic in the processes by which the past is captured, and communicated in the present.’
    • ‘This can be seen as an early version of the Marxist dynamic of dialectical materialism.’
    • ‘The brief introduction of each individual within the group dynamic adds texture to an uncomplicated tale, and offers multiple opportunities for comedic repartee.’
    • ‘Preferring a more engaged approach, Boutin has been involved in a number of projects to improve the cultural dynamic of the city.’
    • ‘A similar dynamic was probably at play with this traditional tale.’
    • ‘In addition, bearing in mind one's inherent location within the dynamic of gender relations should inform the way in which one interacts with others, male and female.’
    • ‘It would create a strong dynamic for change and efficiency.’
    • ‘This view has taken hold even despite the fact that the real dynamic of progress is currently unremarkable.’
    • ‘If the family dynamic does not cause Tracy's downfall, it certainly presents no obstacle.’
    • ‘For the sake of the team dynamic, I'm inclined to go for another woman, which rules this candidate out.’
    • ‘The secret of decorative patterns is that the dynamic of part-whole relations within them seems to energize them.’
    • ‘The group dynamic also explains why Cheryl has had such a hard initiation.’
    • ‘The core dynamic in each of these cases was hypothesized to be rebelliousness and a protest against overbearing parents.’
  • 2Music

    another term for dynamics (sense 3)

Origin

Early 19th century (as a term in physics): from French dynamique, from Greek dunamikos, from dunamis ‘power’.

Pronunciation

dynamic

/dīˈnamik//daɪˈnæmɪk/