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static

adjective stat·ic \ ˈsta-tik \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of static

1 : exerting force by reason of weight alone without motion
2 : of or relating to bodies at rest or forces in equilibrium
3 : showing little change
  • a static population
4 a : characterized by a lack of movement, animation, or progression
b : producing an effect of repose or quiescence
  • a static design
5 a : standing or fixed in one place : stationary
b of water : stored in a tank but not under pressure
6 : of, relating to, or producing stationary charges of electricity : electrostatic
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

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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


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static

noun

Definition of static

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 : 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.

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Origin and Etymology of static

static electricity


-static

adjective combining form

Definition of -static

1 : of or relating to a position or state
  • orthostatic
2 : inhibiting the growth of
  • fungistatic

Origin and Etymology of -static

New Latin -staticus, from staticus


STATIC Defined for English Language Learners

static

adjective

Definition of static for English Language Learners

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

  • : of, relating to, or producing static electricity


static

noun

Definition of static for English Language Learners

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

  • : criticism or complaints


STATIC Defined for Kids

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static

noun stat·ic \ ˈsta-tik \

Definition of static for Students

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

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static

adjective

Definition of static for Students

1 : showing little change or action
  • a static population
2 : of or relating to charges of electricity (as those produced by friction) that do not flow

Medical Dictionary

static

adjective stat·ic \ ˈstat-ik \

medical Definition of static

1 : characterized by a lack of movement or change
  • a static condition

statically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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