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Definition of stat

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: statistic usually used in plural



Definition of stat (Entry 2 of 4)

: without delay : immediately get a doctor stat

Definition of stat (Entry 3 of 4)

Definition of -stat (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : stabilizing agent or device thermostat
2 : instrument for reflecting (something specified) constantly in one direction heliostat
3 : agent causing inhibition of growth without destruction bacteriostat

Examples of stat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Every stat should merely be added to a player’s career total. Bruce Jenkins,, "As baseball plans its return, some suggestions for a much-needed overhaul," 23 June 2020 Although sacks weren’t an official NFL stat until 1982, Gregory’s 14 sacks in 1970 are recognized by the Browns as the second-most in a single season, behind Bill Glass’ 14.5 in 1965. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Is Webster Slaughter the best to wear No. 84? Ranking the best Browns to wear each jersey number: 81-85," 23 June 2020 Here’s a breakdown of the Mavericks’ 2019-20 results against each team, reasons for optimism and pessimism in a seven-game playoff series and a key stat to remember. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Mavs playoff breakdown: Reasons for optimism, pessimism and key stats vs. 5 potential opponents," 18 June 2020 Here's a stat for the ages: All four of the women replaced a male CEO. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "The year in leadership: Everything to know about the most recent crop of leaders to score top CEO jobs," 4 June 2020 Martinez is the Tigers’ career leader among DHs in virtually every counting stat, thanks to piling up nearly twice as many plate appearances as the No. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Why the Detroit Tigers' greatest DH might also be their worst," 18 May 2020 As a child, Lowe could rattle off stats without looking at the backs of his favorite baseball cards. USA Today, "‘Cows will need bred’: Coronavirus is hitting the meat industry all the way up to animal breeders," 18 May 2020 Today, at least 30% of Americans have tattoos, a stat that jumps to 50% among Millennials, and a 2017 survey shows that more women are getting tattoos in the US than men. Aimee Simeon,, "COVID-19 Will Change The Tattoo Industry Forever," 4 May 2020 Influenza test statistics: Quidel Corp., a maker of medical tests, provides the CMU researchers with stats on flu tests. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "We're Flattening the Curve. So When Will This All Be Over?," 23 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb But Lyft insists that in 20 years, that stat will be over 80 percent. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Lyft’s monthly subscription plan is now available nationwide," 16 Oct. 2018 Your eye doctor will treat the condition depending on what caused it, so get in to see them stat. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Weird Reasons Your Vision Is Blurry," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of stat


circa 1961, in the meaning defined above


1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stat


from stat, abbreviation for L. statim

Noun combining form

New Latin -stata, from Greek -statēs one that stops or steadies, from histanai to cause to stand — more at stand

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“Stat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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: without delay


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