stat·​ic | \ ˈsta-tik How to pronounce static (audio) \

Essential Meaning of static

1 : showing little or no change, action, or progress a static population Culture is not static. The computer program can turn static [=still] images into movies.
2 : of, relating to, or producing static electricity a static charge Use a fabric softener to prevent static cling. [=a condition in which clothes stick to one another because of static electricity]

Full Definition of static

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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
4a : characterized by a lack of movement, animation, or progression
b : producing an effect of repose or quiescence a static design
5a : 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



Definition of static (Entry 2 of 3)

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

Definition of -static (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Other Words from static


statical \ ˈsta-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce -static (audio) \ adjective
statically \ ˈsta-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce -static (audio) \ adverb


staticky \ ˈsta-​ti-​kē How to pronounce -static (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for static

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of static in a Sentence

Adjective the static installation of the statue in that niche means that no one will ever see its back, which is also of interest Noun There was so much static on the radio we couldn't hear the broadcast. He was getting a lot of static about his decision.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Culture is not static, and organizations that adjust now will be in a stronger position for what’s next. Teuila Hanson, Fortune, 18 Jan. 2022 Representation in nonfiction tripled to 34%, but fiction was static at 7% from 2019 to 2020. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Dec. 2021 Whether because of increasing automation or changes in the marketplace, job descriptions rarely remain static over time. Eric Friedman, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 Even so, the idea of the country house did not remain entirely static. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 16 Aug. 2021 Future freshman classes will get a similar deal — a hike tied to inflation that will remain static for several years. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2021 Then, over the centuries (and especially in the 20th), nostalgia became less about longing for homeland and more about longing for home-time — for something static and irretrievable. Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2021 Breakout year: 1960 The Etch-a-Sketch was a feat of science -- aluminum and static charges used to make art! Scottie Andrew, CNN, 22 Dec. 2021 Their laughter bursts gleefully across the grinding, metallic whir of crickets and static, and their cat’s ears poke up along the bottom of the screen. Melanie Canales, Wired, 29 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There are exceptions, naturally, and despite the challenges, some comedies still manage to break through the static. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, 24 Dec. 2021 In other words: the tiny light bounces that are inherent to skin, wrinkles, hair follicles, and other facial elements will look more realistic in a static-lighting void. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 9 Dec. 2021 Still, there were some glitches, such as when using the Netflix app, which flickered to a screen of static twice during a test trial. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 7 Dec. 2021 Down a flight of wide wooden stairs, the basement-turned-dining room was ebullient that night, jammed with a static of chatter and clinking silverware. New York Times, 23 Oct. 2021 Maybe after the Maliks figure out why every house in their neighborhood is partially destroyed and on fire after that electricity-cutting, house-shaking, TV-static-causing attack — but not their own. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 22 Oct. 2021 As a result, the files remain valid images but end up looking like grainy black-and-white static to anyone who accesses them without the decryption key. Harini Barath, Scientific American, 16 Sep. 2021 Filter out the static and a bipartisan picture emerges of an electorate struggling to address the most challenging issues California has had to face. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021 The picture on the screen was fuzzy and the sound wasn’t working, but the images permeated the static: Two planes had crashed into the sides of skyscrapers. Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of static


1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for static


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


static electricity

Adjective combining form

New Latin -staticus, from staticus

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More Definitions for static


stat·​ic | \ ˈsta-tik How to pronounce static (audio) \

Kids Definition of static

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of static (Entry 2 of 2)

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


stat·​ic | \ ˈstat-ik How to pronounce static (audio) \

Medical Definition of static

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

Other Words from static

statically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce static (audio) \ adverb

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