\ˈstat \

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

This is undoubtedly closely related to the stat that 39 percent of respondents reported feeling serious psychological distress in the month before the survey and 40 percent attempted suicide in their lifetime — 9 times the nationwide rate. Dia Dipasupil, Teen Vogue, "It's Not Enough to Cast Transgender Models if You Won't Fight for Transgender People," 22 Oct. 2018 Now the stats on commercial space launches are reversed. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How American Space Launch Left Europe in the Dust," 18 Oct. 2018 Since the stat began being tracked on the site in 2002, only nine teams have had worse seasons, with the 2005 Yankees at minus-120 being the worst. Jon Meoli,, "Try as they might, Orioles can't use out-of-position players as reason for league's worst defense," 12 July 2018 While Calhoun has 15-game hitting streak, during which is batting .393 with a .525 slugging percentage, Heineman is batting .488 and slugging .791 during a 10-game hitting streak (thanks to Scott Lucas for the stats). Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Tocci to DL, Calhoun to Rangers? Don't hold your breath," 10 July 2018 Everyone’s seen the stats on fatal overdoses, stories about EMTs called out to revive the same addict again and again. Washington Post, "News outlets collaborate to share solutions to opioid crisis," 30 June 2018 Mooy only registered four goals and three assists across the Premier League season, though despite the stats played a key part in controlling and creating chances from the Terriers midfield., "Manchester City Line Up Shock Bid for Huddersfield Star Following Record Premier League Campaign," 27 June 2018 Most likely the stat was pulled from a Washington Post piece that was already several years old. Minda Honey, Longreads, "The Power in Knowing: Black Women, HIV, and the Realities of Safe Sex," 19 June 2018 But Kentucky, which run-ruled opponents in three consecutive games to get to Eugene, didn't care about the stats and made Kleist, and the rest of the Oregon Ducks' pitchers, look ordinary for the first time in a long time. Special To The Oregonian,, "Oregon Ducks softball allows season-high 9 runs in Game 1 super regional loss to Kentucky," 24 May 2018

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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English Language Learners Definition of stat

: without delay


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: statim



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