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

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

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Other Words from static


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


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for static

Synonyms: Adjective

immobile, nonmoving, standing, stationary

Antonyms: Adjective

mobile, movable (or moveable), moving, nonstationary

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Examples of static in a Sentence


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


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

What is seldom mentioned is how static the celebrity population is in Long Island’s coveted summer towns. New York Times, "Where to Show Off Your $5 Million Horse," 31 Aug. 2019 In doing so, David Makes Man complicates static ideas about what kinds of barriers black children can (or should) overcome. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "A Rare Show That Explores the Nuances of Black Boyhood," 22 Aug. 2019 Six weeks after the successful static test of Livermore’s nuclear engine in Nevada in July 1964, the Pentagon pulled the plug on Pluto. Gregg Herken, Twin Cities, "Gregg Herken: Russia’s mysterious ‘new’ nuclear weapons aren’t really new," 16 Aug. 2019 Jordan’s boundless energy became all the more pronounced, the two cackling wildly at guitar static. Kevin Williams,, "Pitchfork Music Fest 2019: What we loved and what we could do without on day 3," 21 July 2019 In the best case scenario, the uprising could move the island past the static, two-party system that produced Roselló, the son of a former governor whose own administration was tainted by corruption. Ana Campoy, Quartz, "What’s next for Puerto Rico?," 25 July 2019 Credit goes to exhibition designers KASA, for somehow managing to add a digital layer without overshadowing the genius of static, two-dimensional works. Anne Quito, Quartzy, "A new museum dedicated to the enduring power of posters opens in New York City," 20 June 2019 Neither Jews themselves nor attitudes toward Jews were static or unchanging. The New York Review of Books, "Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography," 13 Aug. 2015 The current Forester has an in-motion maximum weight of 176 pounds on the roof rack and a static rating (when you’re parked) of 700 pounds. Washington Post, "Edmunds: Best all-in-one vehicles for summer camping," 24 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Woman Suing Her Former Employer for Allegedly Firing Her Over Period Leaks The mayor’s statics were pulled from a survey produced by Feminine hygiene brand Always, which talked to American females aged 16-24. Rachel Desantis,, "Boston Public Schools to Offer Students Free Menstrual Supplies: It's 'About Equity'," 18 June 2019 There’s a distinctly lo-fi aesthetic to the game, which crackles with the static of an old VHS tape and opens in an eerie kitchen where a cassette tape player sits, waiting. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Smart scares for smart people," 31 Oct. 2018 Our data recovery lab statics for 2017, as a percentage of the total number of recoveries performed, show that Seagate represented 38 percent, Western Digital 28 percent and Toshiba 8 percent. Ken Colburn, azcentral, "How to buy the best hard drive: Review of reliability, features," 20 Mar. 2018 The Edwards mess is the latest example of static between some Democratic candidates and the DCCC, which went into overdrive last week after the committee published the Moser memo. David Weigel, Washington Post, "Democratic group faces backlash after intervening in crowded House primaries," 2 Mar. 2018 His primary goal was to keep track of statistics and scoring, even tallying up each player's statics over the season. Kristy Kennedy,, "Can't make it to your kid's game? There's an app for that," 22 June 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of static

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: showing little or no change, action, or progress
: of, relating to, or producing static electricity



English Language Learners Definition of static (Entry 2 of 2)

: unwanted noise caused in a radio or television receiver by electricity or by conditions in the atmosphere
US, informal : criticism or complaints


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 statically (audio) \ adverb

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