Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

static

play
adjective stat·ic \ˈsta-tik\

Simple Definition of static

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

  • : of, relating to, or producing static electricity

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

statical

play \-ti-kəl\ adjective

statically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of static in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


2

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

staticky

play \ˈsta-ti-kē\ adjective

Examples of static in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of static

static electricity


First Known Use: 1913

Rhymes with static


-static

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 and Etymology of -static

New Latin -staticus, from staticus


STATIC Defined for Kids

1

static

play
noun stat·ic \ˈsta-tik\

Definition of static for Students

  1. :  noise produced in a radio or television receiver by atmospheric or electrical disturbances




2

static

play
adjective stat·ic

Definition of static for Students

  1. 1 :  showing little change or action <a static population>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to charges of electricity (as those produced by friction) that do not flow




Medical Dictionary

static

play
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

statically

\-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up static? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to take off or remove

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

confounded-person

Which is a synonym of indolent?

melancholy lazy frenetic philistine
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ