dynamic

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • adjective referring to something in motion or occurring as part of a process

Computing

  • adjective used to describe data which can change with time

Construction

  • Refers to information that will be updated and displayed automatically on a building automation system CRT or display panel when the status of the building equipment changes.

Electronics

  • Pertaining to bodies in motion.
  • Characterized by continuous activity or change.
  • Dependent on changing conditions or parameters.
  • An event or process that occurs during the execution of a program.
  • In computers, an action or process which occurs when needed, as occurs in dynamic allocation.

Origin & History of “dynamic”

Greek dūnamis (a word of unknown origin) meant ‘strength’. It was used by the Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel in 1867 to form the name of the new explosive he had invented, dynamite. From it was derived the adjective dunamikós ‘powerful’, which French adopted in the 17th century as dynamique, and English acquired it in the early 19th century. Related to dúnamis was the verb dúnasthai ‘be strong’ or ‘be able’; from this was derived the noun dunasteíā ‘power, domination’, source, via French or late Latin, of English dynasty (15th c.). part of the same word family is dynamo (19th c.), short for dynamo-electric machine, a term coined in 1867 by the electrical engineer Werner Siemens.
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