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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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But as Saturday’s season opener against Toledo reached halftime with the game tied at 14 and a situation growing exceedingly tense by the minute, the stats told a story that was far more familiar around Kentucky’s program. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Led by Terry Wilson, Kentucky football's passing game wakes up at just the right time," 31 Aug. 2019 Perhaps the most impressive stat: Beede faced 23 batters and threw 18 first-pitch strikes. John Shea,, "Giants lose: Beede good, defense and baserunning are not," 26 Aug. 2019 Auger-Aliassime is excellent when the stakes are highest; the stats bear that out. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Félix Auger-Aliassime Is Trying to Stay Calm," 24 Aug. 2019 His forty-two touchdowns came against seven interceptions, which is the stat that really matters. Rich Cohen, Harper's magazine, "The Wood Chipper," 19 Aug. 2019 About twelve years ago, my sister needed to be hospitalized, stat. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Black Women Can’t Bridge the Gender Gap Alone: raceAhead," 22 Aug. 2019 Instead of just playing for individual stats, playing for a ring and team baseball. Nathan Ruiz,, "Orioles’ prospects guiding Shorebirds’ ‘record-breaking year’ savor major league treatment for a day," 20 Aug. 2019 Another stat that was widely reported from the survey? Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Employers Have Policed Black Hair for Decades. These Four Women Have Had Enough," 13 Aug. 2019 That is reflected in the Football Outsiders adjusted interception rate stat; Trubisky’s was 3.7%, higher than all but seven quarterbacks. Brad Biggs,, "Bears Q&A: Is the defense making growth difficult for Mitch Trubisky? How has David Montgomery looked? Plus lots of tight end questions," 7 Aug. 2019

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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Medical Definition of stat

: statim



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