Definition of dynamics in US English:

dynamics

plural noun

  • 1treated as singular The branch of mechanics concerned with the motion of bodies under the action of forces.

    Compare with statics
    • ‘This gives it a stiffer body shell and better dynamics.’
    • ‘Reared as fliers, they had an instinctive grasp of the dynamics of three-dimensional motion.’
    • ‘The training allows astronauts to become familiar with the dynamics of body motion under weightless conditions.’
    • ‘Huygens attempts for the first time in this work to study the dynamics of bodies rather than particles.’
    • ‘In some cases we now have enough understanding of the molecular mechanisms to capture their dynamics into mathematical models.’
    • ‘The experiments covered computational and thermal structures, structural mechanics and dynamics.’
    • ‘Niccolò Tartaglia's early publications on mechanics, dynamics, and motion were in fact the first modern studies of ballistics.’
    • ‘Also, I do teach Nik's principles of space time, shape, motion, dynamics - and I add a few of my own things.’
    • ‘Newton's work in calculus was all to work out the dynamics of motion, so there was really no difference.’
    • ‘Newton used Kepler's insights to explore mathematically the dynamics of planetary motion.’
    • ‘These solutions show that the dynamics of motion is dramatically slowed down if one end of a microtubule is fixed instead of free.’
    • ‘These scientific giants had accurately described phenomena of dynamics and celestial mechanics, but neither had formulated scientific explanations.’
    • ‘We begin with a qualitative picture of the dynamics of lipid motions given in Figs.7 and 8.’
    • ‘In 1958 Leimanis published some recent advances in the dynamics of rigid bodies and celestial mechanics.’
    • ‘The main characteristic of all intermittent flight modes is periodic variation in thrust generated by the flapping wings, and therefore in the dynamics of the body.’
    • ‘Euler here also begins developing the kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies, introducing in part the differential equations for their motion.’
    • ‘Only after Galileo had become famous through his discoveries in the area of mechanics, dynamics and optics, did he admit his Copernican position in print.’
    • ‘Molecular mechanics and dynamics use an empirical energy function known as a force field to model the conformation of a molecule.’
    • ‘The first volume covered dynamics, mechanics, hydrostatics, hydraulics, aerostatics, and pneumatics.’
    • ‘A year later he obtained the first solution for the problem of the dynamics of colliding elastic bodies.’
    1. 1.1usually with modifier The branch of any science in which forces or changes are considered.
      ‘chemical dynamics’
      • ‘In pursuing our overall goal of a better characterization of the evolutionary dynamics at the molecular level, we had several objectives.’
      • ‘This capacity may result in substantially different population and evolutionary dynamics than in organisms incapable of withdrawing from ongoing stress.’
      • ‘Events of DNA duplication were described in many eukaryote genomes, but are the duplication dynamics similar in all eukaryotes?’
      • ‘These populations offer a unique opportunity to monitor evolutionary dynamics in ancestral populations that harbor multiple strains of Wolbachia.’
      • ‘Former Olympic bronze medal winner Wieger Mensonides studied mechanical engineering and uses his knowledge of fluid dynamics to prime the Dutch champion's technique.’
      • ‘To these defenders I mention the handling of pieces of art, foodstuffs, beverages, and host of other things involving mechanical dynamics.’
      • ‘They are performing research in such advanced fields as computational fluid dynamics, electromagnetics, power electronics and composite materials.’
      • ‘Do polyps of other cnidarian species have a tissue dynamics similar to that of hydra?’
      • ‘The ratios of branch lengths provided a starting point to further probe the evolutionary dynamics at Chs and Adh by testing for correlations between the ij matrices.’
      • ‘The problem is, because of fluid dynamics, when the body is moving, the vestibular system generates erroneous cues about our orientation.’
      • ‘Sysmex has developed a new methodology of cell growth dynamics based on C2P by using a proprietary chip-based multi-protein analysis.’
      • ‘Here, we use salamander pheromone delivery as a test case for dissecting the evolutionary dynamics at multiple levels in a functional complex.’
      • ‘At Haverford College, I generally include an introduction to fluid dynamics in our undergraduate mechanics course.’
      • ‘Glycophorins, however, have a rather different evolutionary dynamics than the immunoglobulins.’
  • 2The forces or properties which stimulate growth, development, or change within a system or process.

    ‘the dynamics of changing social relations’
    • ‘By the Heisenberg principle, their participation has changed the dynamics and interests in the election process.’
    • ‘Marx sharpened and deepened this concept, and then used it to explore capitalism's class relations and internal dynamics.’
    • ‘The setup is rather mechanical, but the dynamics of the relationship between Anna and William are sensitively explored.’
    • ‘The Fed ease that triggers the refinancing surge sets into motion the cumulative dynamics of an economic expansion.’
    • ‘Heal's many drawings show his devotion to this process, devising groupings to allow specific contrasts or emotional dynamics between works to emerge.’
    • ‘Once prices start falling it is held that this can set in motion very dangerous dynamics, which can lead to a severe economic slump.’
    • ‘Hopefully, though, in the pages that follow I can shine some light on the dynamics at work in this crazy software development universe which we are lucky enough to call home.’
    • ‘We are all implicated in the social and cultural dynamics her work contests.’
    • ‘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 competitive dynamics among siblings can have a profound effect on their growth and survival and, thereby, also on parental fitness.’
    • ‘The question is: given the current political dynamics and developments inside the party, what will happen now?’
    • ‘Changes in money supply set in motion new dynamics that give rise to changes in demands for goods and to changes in their relative prices.’
    • ‘Clearly in many situations there are dynamics that hold people together that outsiders are just not privy to.’
    • ‘Social formations and political institutions are examined as they operate within their own dynamics as well as in relation to Europe and world capitalism.’
    • ‘After speaking to the brothers Moffatt, you can really sense their distinct personalities and the dynamics between them.’
    • ‘Listening to a sit-down debate changes the dynamics so I'm curious to hear what people thought.’
    • ‘This is because these votes may well change the political dynamics within the conservative and liberal movements.’
    • ‘Economic development creates its own dynamics and tensions in the social and political spheres, which must be addressed.’
    • ‘And I fear that this result will set in motion dangerous dynamics that even the relatively young among us will be wrestling with and contending with for the rest of our lives.’
    • ‘Electoral politics are ultimately an expression of underlying cultural dynamics.’
  • 3Music
    The varying levels of volume of sound in different parts of a musical performance.

    • ‘Unless the conductor and the orchestra have a disciplined sense of dynamics when accompanying singers, we wind up believing we're not meeting expectations.’
    • ‘The piano projected brightly, the themes warmly shaped and the passagework bristling and with sensitive dynamics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Petrarchian Sonnet is not quite as successful, Cliburn's dynamics favoring mezzo-forte and forte a little too much throughout.’

Pronunciation

dynamics

/dīˈnamiks//daɪˈnæmɪks/