adj. also dy·nam·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
a. Of or relating to energy or to objects in motion.
b. Of or relating to the study of dynamics.
2. Characterized by continuous change, activity, or progress: a dynamic housing market.
3. Characterized by much activity and vigor, especially in bringing about change; energetic and forceful. See Synonyms at active.
4. Of or relating to variation of intensity, as in musical sound.
1. An interactive system or process, especially one involving competing or conflicting forces: "The traditional nineteenth-century dynamic between the sexes had begun to erode" (Jean Zimmerman).
2. A force, especially political, social, or psychological: the main dynamic behind the revolution.
[French dynamique, from Greek dunamikos, powerful, from dunamis, power, from dunasthai, to be able; see deu-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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