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

Poverty is static, effectively resourceless, subject to interests that are not its own, therefore valuable to those interests. Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Is Poverty Necessary?," 10 June 2019 SpaceX conducted a static fire test of the rocket on the pad last week. Chip Skambis, ajc, "SpaceX plans to launch Falcon 9 rocket early Monday," 2 June 2018 Others measured the ability to notice small differences between two real-world scenes; to detect a change at a screen's edge while focusing on the center; and to track multiple moving dots among static ones. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "How Perceptive Are You? Not Everyone Is the Same," 28 May 2018 Duke did take a sleeping pill the first night but woke up twice from errant master alarms and once from static in his earpiece. Roger Simmons, The Seattle Times, "Apollo 11 astronauts were sleepless in the Sea of Tranquility on moon," 12 Apr. 2019 Rescue teams had installed a static rope along the dive path, giving the boys a guide, and experienced divers were reportedly positioned at various points along the way for assistance. George Styllis,, "Fighting time and high waters, first four boys rescued from Thailand cave," 8 July 2018 Inspired by fungi that feed off a host, Project Alias is a small, open-source device that sits atop your voice assistant and whispers static into its ears. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "This Brilliant Home Assistant Add-On Makes Eavesdropping Completely Impossible," 14 Jan. 2019 The backdrops are static and wallpaper-like, the animals ultra-fake—toy birds, an inflatable horse, a cutout deer—and Red Star is at the center of them all, dressed in ceremonial Crow clothing that’s as contemporary as last month’s runway offerings. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Wendy Red Star's New Exhibition Is Part Historical Corrective, Part Ghost Story," 2 Mar. 2019 In recent years, the once static couture schedule has been enlivened by new entrants like Fendi, Sonia Rykiel, and Ronald dan Der Kemp, who is on point with his elevation of upcycling at fashion’s highest level. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Couture Is All About the Details—Glorious Details. Here, Our 45 Best Close-Ups from the 2018 Collections," 29 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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