static

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adjective

stat·​ic ˈsta-tik How to pronounce static (audio)
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: 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
4
a
: characterized by a lack of movement, animation, or progression
b
: producing an effect of repose or quiescence
a static design
5
a
: standing or fixed in one place : stationary
b
of water : stored in a tank but not under pressure
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: of, relating to, or producing stationary charges of electricity : electrostatic
7
: of, relating to, or caused by radio static
statical adjective
statically adverb

static

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noun

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
staticky adjective

-static

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adjective combining form

1
: of or relating to a position or state
orthostatic
2
: inhibiting the growth of
fungistatic

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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Adjective
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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Adjective

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of static was in 1640

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Cite this Entry

“Static.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/static. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

static

1 of 2 adjective
stat·​ic ˈstat-ik How to pronounce static (audio)
1
: of or relating to bodies at rest or forces that are balanced
static friction
2
: showing little change
a static population
3
: marked by a lack of movement, liveliness, or progress
4
: of, relating to, or producing stationary charges of electricity (as those produced by friction)

static

2 of 2 noun
: noise produced in a radio or television receiver by atmospheric or electrical disturbances

Medical Definition

static

adjective
stat·​ic ˈstat-ik How to pronounce static (audio)
1
: characterized by a lack of movement or change
a static condition
2
statically adverb

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