stat·​ic | \ ˈsta-tik \

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 \ adjective
statically \ ˈsta-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb


staticky \ ˈsta-​ti-​kē \ 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

One part static control, one part alluring fragrance, Frederic Malle’s lushly scented mist keeps hair fresh all night—even on the dance floor. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "5 Foolproof Hair Products for a Festive Night Out," 18 Nov. 2018 Though some of these shots include deliberate motion, others are relatively static. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nvidia RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti review: A tale of two very expensive graphics cards," 19 Sep. 2018 Instead of ripping up pavement and replacing it with more static asphalt, imagine a world where roads are built from modular, reconfigurable pieces of pavement that slot into place like puzzle pieces. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Futuristic road concept is made of reconfigurable parts that light up," 6 Aug. 2018 Maybe a more static, rigid brain underlies depression? Dean Burnett, The Cut, "Thinking Beyond the ‘Chemical Imbalance’ Theory of Depression," 11 Jan. 2018 Economists are uncertain why productivity has remained static during a nine-year expansion. Martin Crutsinger, Fox News, "US productivity grew at strong 2.9 percent rate in Q2," 15 Aug. 2018 Noelle and the team behind the remake had a couple of things in mind while updating the character and She-Ra's animation for today's world, including fleshing her out beyond a static, one-dimensional character. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, ""She-Ra and the Princesses of Power" Teaser Trailer Shows Adora Transforming Into the Iconic Warrior," 10 Sep. 2018 All the negative static, the Twitter, the constant storm of controversy, the omnipresent Trump persona. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Among the Trump Doubters," 5 Sep. 2018 But, despite the occasional dropped call and static, Smith’s enthusiasm was clear. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How a college architecture studio is tackling the affordable housing crisis," 18 July 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 \

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 \

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 \ adverb

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