hy·​dro·​stat·​ic | \ ˌhī-drə-ˈsta-tik How to pronounce hydrostatic (audio) \

Definition of hydrostatic

: of or relating to fluids at rest or to the pressures they exert or transmit — compare hydrokinetic

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Other Words from hydrostatic

hydrostatically \ ˌhī-​drə-​ˈsta-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hydrostatic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of hydrostatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The violent expansion seen in videos of bullets striking and passing through gel blocks demonstrates the massive energy transfer associated with hydrostatic shock. Brad Fitzpatrick, Outdoor Life, "Here’s What You Need to Know About Hunting Bullets and Terminal Performance," 10 Nov. 2020 Dive Deeper Magneto-rheological clutches and a hydrostatic transmission power the arm. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "What Would You Do With an Extra Robot Arm? Smash Some Walls, Of Course.," 10 June 2020 The swollen Mississippi has not only overwhelmed the town's front-line protection system but is now seeping underneath the town as the weight of the 1.5 million cubic feet of water places immense hydrostatic pressure on surrounding land. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "No End in Sight for Record Midwest Flood Crisis," 26 June 2019 Its transmission is hydrostatic, meaning that fluid pressure makes the tractor go forward or backward. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Year of the Tractor," 7 May 2016 Newer models use hydrostatic steering, in which each side's track runs independently. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "The Ice-Kicking Glory of the Snowcat," 5 Mar. 2018 Trees gradually lost hydrostatic pressure during the drought, then didn’t have time to recover enough before this fire season. Maureen Gilmer, idahostatesman, "Western wildfires: It’s all about the fuel | Idaho Statesman," 1 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of hydrostatic

1666, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hydrostatic

probably from New Latin hydrostaticus, from hydr- + staticus static

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The first known use of hydrostatic was in 1666

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“Hydrostatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrostatic. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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hy·​dro·​stat·​ic | \ -ˈstat-ik How to pronounce hydrostatic (audio) \

Medical Definition of hydrostatic

: of or relating to fluids at rest or to the pressures they exert or transmit — compare hydrokinetic

Other Words from hydrostatic

hydrostatically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hydrostatic (audio) \ adverb

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