static

adjective
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

static

noun

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

Adjective

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

Noun

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

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 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 The effect is controlled by the Chroma app, and has the typical RGB lighting features like breathing and spectrum—alongside the static option. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Razer Phone 2 hands-on: The first gaming phone gets better," 10 Oct. 2018 In the early 2000s, the replacement of old-school incandescent lights with LEDs largely rendered the Clark Griswold-style of massive though static displays obsolete. Bill Bannks, ajc, "Tony Paradowski, 60: Decatur’s maestro of Christmas-light magic," 22 June 2018 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

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, chicagotribune.com, "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

Adjective

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for static

Adjective

New Latin staticus, from Greek statikos causing to stand, skilled in weighing, from histanai to cause to stand, weigh — more at stand

Noun

static electricity

Adjective combining form

New Latin -staticus, from staticus

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static

adjective

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

static

noun

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

static

noun
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

static

adjective

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

static

adjective
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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