Fr.: variable dynamique
Mechanics: One of the variables used to describe a system in classical mechanics, such as coordinates (of a particle), components of velocity, momentum, angular momentum, and functions of these quantities.
The branch of → mechanics that explains how particles and systems move under the influence of forces.
An electric generator, i.e. a machine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy by virtue of the → electromagnetic induction.
From Ger. dynamoelektrischemaschine, coined (1867) by the German inventor Werner von Siemens (1816-1892), from Gk. dynamis "power," → dynamics.
Tavânzâ, from tavân "power," → dynamics + -zâ "generator," from zâdan "to give birth," Mid.Pers. zâtan, Av. zan- "to bear, give birth to a child, be born," infinitive zazâite, zâta- "born," cf. Skt. janati "begets, bears," L. gignere "to beget," PIE base *gen- "to give birth, beget."
Fr.: effet dynamo
The generation of magnetic fields by movements within a → plasma, such as the → convective cores and → convective envelopes of stars. The magnetic field is intensified by the motion of the plasma in much the same way as in a dynamo. The generated magnetic field is not static, but evolves over time.
Fr.: modèle dynamo
A theory for the generation of a star's or planet's magnetic field by the circulation of conducting fluids inside it. → solar dynamo.
Fr.: théorie de la dynamo
Branch of magnetohydrodynamics concerned with self-excitation of magnetic fields in any large rotating mass of conducting fluid in motion (usually turbulent). Self-exciting dynamo action is believed to account for magnetic fields at the planetary, stellar, and galactic scales.
A device for measuring mechanical force; specifically, one that measures the output or driving torque of a rotating machine.
The centimeter-gram-second (cgs) unit of force (symbol dyn) that imparts an acceleration of 1 cm s-2 to a mass of 1 gram. 1 dyn = 10-5 → newton.
From Fr., from dynamis "power," → dynamics.
An electrode that performs electron multiplication by means of secondary emission.
From dyn(a)- a combining form meaning "power," → dynamics + -ode a combining form meaning "way, road," used in the formation of compound words (anode; electrode), from Gk. hodos "way."
doš- (#), dož- (#)
prefix meaning "bad, ill, abnormal."
From Gk. dys- "bad, hard, unlucky," cognate with O.Pers. duš-, Av. duž- (see below), Skt. dus- "bad, wrong, difficult, un-, -less," PIE *dus- "bad, ill."
Doš-, dož- "bad, ill, abnormal," from Mid.Pers. duž-, duš-, O.Pers. duš- (dušiyâr- "bad year, famine"), Av. duž-, duš- "bad" (duž-mainnyav- "evil-minded, enemy," Mod.Pers. došman "enemy"); PIE *dus-, as above.
Dysnomia (136199 Eris I)
Dysnomia in Gk. mythology is the daughter of Eris and the goddess of lawlessness.
Fr.: couche de Dyson
→ Dyson sphere.
Fr.: sphère de Dyson
A hypothetical structure built around a → star by an advanced → civilization to utilize most or all of the → energy radiated by their star. The idea of such a sphere was first formalized and popularized by theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson in 1960, though it was originally put forward by a 1945 science fiction novel. Dyson assumed that the power needs of → intelligent civilizations never stops increasing. He also proposed that searching for the existence of such structures might lead to the discovery of advanced civilizations elsewhere in the Galaxy. Sometimes referred to as a → Dyson shell or → megastructure.
Freeman John Dyson (1923-). His article, entitled "Search for Artificial Stellar Sources of Infrared Radiation," appeared in the 1960 issue of Science, 131 (3414), 1667-1668; → sphere.
DZ white dwarf
sefid kutule-ye DZ
Fr.: naine blanche DZ
A → white dwarf whose spectrum shows metal lines only; no H or He.