From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dyne \Dyne\, n. [Formed fr. Gr. ? power. See Dynamic.]
   The unit of force, in the C. G. S. (Centimeter Gram Second)
   system of physical units; that is, the force which, acting on
   a gram for a second, generates a velocity of a centimeter per
   [1913 Webster]
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