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Dyne (dyn) a unit of force under the centimetre-gram-second or "CGS" system for physical measurements.
One dyne is the force that accelerates a mass of one gram at the rate of one centimeter per second per second. Expressed in SI units, the dyne equals 10-5 Newton.
This is quite a small force: it equals about 2.248 x 10-6 pound of force (lbf) in the traditional English system.
The word dyne comes from the Greek dynamis, power.
Cutler J. Cleveland (Lead Author);Peter Saundry (Topic Editor) "Dyne-centimeter". In: Encyclopedia of Earth. Eds. Cutler J. Cleveland (Washington, D.C.: Environmental Information Coalition, National Council for Science and the Environment). [First published in the Encyclopedia of Earth August 24, 2009; Last revised Date August 24, 2009; Retrieved May 22, 2013 <http://www.eoearth.org/article/Dyne-centimeter>