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adjective stat·ic \ˈsta-tik\

Simple Definition of static

  • : showing little or no change, action, or progress

  • : of, relating to, or producing static electricity

Full Definition of static

  1. 1 :  exerting force by reason of weight alone without motion

  2. 2 :  of or relating to bodies at rest or forces in equilibrium

  3. 3 :  showing little change <a static population>

  4. 4a :  characterized by a lack of movement, animation, or progressionb :  producing an effect of repose or quiescence <a static design>

  5. 5a :  standing or fixed in one place :  stationaryb of water :  stored in a tank but not under pressure

  6. 6 :  of, relating to, or producing stationary charges of electricity :  electrostatic

  7. 7 :  of, relating to, or caused by radio static

stat·i·cal play \-ti-kəl\ adjective
stat·i·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of static

  1. <the static installation of the statue in that niche means that no one will ever see its back, which is also of interest>

Origin of static

New Latin staticus, from Greek statikos causing to stand, skilled in weighing, from histanai to cause to stand, weigh — more at stand

First Known Use: 1638

Rhymes with static



noun stat·ic

Simple Definition of static

  • : unwanted noise caused in a radio or television receiver by electricity or by conditions in the atmosphere

  • : criticism or complaints

Full Definition of static

  1. 1 :  noise produced in a radio or television receiver by atmospheric or various natural or man-made electrical disturbances; also :  the electrical disturbances producing this noise

  2. 2 :  heated opposition or criticism

stat·icky play \ˈsta-ti-kē\ adjective

Examples of static

  1. There was so much static on the radio we couldn't hear the broadcast.

  2. He was getting a lot of static about his decision.

Origin of static

static electricity

First Known Use: 1913


adjective combining form stat·ic

Definition of -static

  1. 1 :  of or relating to a position or state <orthostatic>

  2. 2 :  inhibiting the growth of <fungistatic>

Origin of -static

New Latin -staticus, from staticus

Medical Dictionary


adjective stat·ic \ˈstat-ik\

Medical Definition of static

  1. 1:  characterized by a lack of movement or change <a static condition>

  2. 2:  electrostatic

  3. stat·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb

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