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dyne n : a unit of force equal to the force that imparts an acceleration of 1 cm/sec/sec to a mass of 1 gram

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  1. A unit of force in the CGS system that is equal to the force which generates a velocity of one centimeter per second acting on one gram for one second. Symbol: dyn.




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Etymology 1

From dýna, related to dun


no-noun-c dyn

Etymology 2

From or


  1. dune
Derived terms


Old English


Common Germanic *dunjaz


dyne n

Extensive Definition

Dynes redirects here. For the president of the University of California system, see Robert C. Dynes.
In physics, the dyne (symbol "dyn", from Greek δύναμις (dynamis) meaning power, force) is a unit of force specified in the centimetre-gram-second (CGS) system of units, a predecessor of the modern SI. One dyne is equal to exactly 10 micronewtons. Further, the dyne can be defined as "the force required to accelerate a mass of one gram at a rate of one centimetre per second squared".
Dynes per centimetre is the measurement usually associated with measuring surface tension. For example, the surface tension of distilled water is 72 dyn/cm at 25 °C (77 °F).
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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