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

Essential Meaning of static

1 : showing little or no change, action, or progress a static population Culture is not static. The computer program can turn static [=still] images into movies.
2 : of, relating to, or producing static electricity a static charge Use a fabric softener to prevent static cling. [=a condition in which clothes stick to one another because of static electricity]

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


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for static

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of static in a Sentence

Adjective the static installation of the statue in that niche means that no one will ever see its back, which is also of interest Noun 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 The trouble is, investments in data security and compliance are static, solely in place to protect, not enhance an organization. Sharad Varshney, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 As the last 12 months have demonstrated: The future of work will not be static. Siemens Smart Infrastructure Contributor, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Lùchen is built on the understanding that like time, few things are static, even the human body. Vogue, 17 Sep. 2021 Science is not static, and our determination of what is needed to protect us against SARS-CoV-2 will change as our understanding of the virus evolves. William Haseltine, CNN, 14 Sep. 2021 The offense is not static, so the defense cannot be either. David Dewalt, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Even with continuity on the coaching staff, football strategy is never static. Jonas Shaffer,, 6 Sep. 2021 Species are not static; nor are bodies, behaviors or genes. Federico Rios, New York Times, 31 Aug. 2021 The herd immunity threshold is not a static, immutable number. Joel Achenbach, Anchorage Daily News, 14 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Filter out the static and a bipartisan picture emerges of an electorate struggling to address the most challenging issues California has had to face. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021 The picture on the screen was fuzzy and the sound wasn’t working, but the images permeated the static: Two planes had crashed into the sides of skyscrapers. Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2021 Bounce Mega Sheets have three time the static-zapping ingredients to remove pet and lint hair in the dryer and help repel it during wear. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, 17 Aug. 2021 Like many of the other provinces where Taliban fighters have rolled back government troops, parts of Badghis have long been under militant control, with front lines remaining static for years. Washington Post, 2 July 2021 Hugh has finally found a jazz station, and managed to tune out the static. David Sedaris, The New Yorker, 2 Aug. 2021 Restaurants faced an identity crisis last year, uncertain about the viability of remaining static between four walls. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 27 July 2021 The Skinny: The argument that Big Tech is a Democratic monolith runs into some static when considering that Facebook has long functioned as a springboard for right-wing disinformation. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 His voice is grim and clipped, even through the international static of our call. Stacey Anderson, Rolling Stone, 24 June 2021

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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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12 Oct 2021

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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 static (audio) \ adverb

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