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

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 European Space Agency and ArianeGroup report that the third static-fire test of the new P120C solid rocket motor in French Guiana was a success. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: China unveils big rocket plans, SpaceX’s “secret” launch," 9 Oct. 2020 Unlike with other debt where monthly payments are static, paying down the balance on a credit card will lower your minimum monthly payment. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "What to Do if Your Student Loans Make It Hard to Get a Mortgage," 2 Oct. 2020 Soon, the bad news started rolling in: The season was postponed till spring and most classes moved online, giving the campus of 5,800 students a static feel. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "COVID and wildfire smoke put twindemic pressure on California, West Coast college students," 7 Oct. 2020 In early September, an anti-Trump group launched a $2 million campaign of live static and digital billboards across Pennsylvania in an attempt to sway voters. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Massive billboards target Trump from Cleveland airport to debate stage," 29 Sep. 2020 But, unlike most livestreams, this was not a static recording or a glitchy presentation over Zoom. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Live, Urgent, but With a Slightly Recycled Feel," 27 Sep. 2020 The point is to avoid purchasing multiple, static cameras and rather invest in one dynamic surveillance camera to get views of your entire home. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Amazon Just Dropped 15 New Devices, Including a Truly Crazy Security Camera," 25 Sep. 2020 The most important thing to me was that the car was not going to be a static sculpture. A.j. Baime, WSJ, "A Classic Lamborghini That Needs Its Own Talent Agent," 22 Sep. 2020 The best neck stretches—which again, don’t only target your neck—include both static and dynamic options. Christa Sgobba, SELF, "The 6 Best Neck Stretches to Loosen Up That Annoying Stiffness," 21 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Plus, the Ford's steering transmits continuous vibratory static to the driver. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Ford Mustang 2.3L vs. 2021 Toyota Supra 2.0," 13 Oct. 2020 To their surprise, the resultant images were often completely unrecognizable, essentially garbage—colorful, noisy patterns, similar to television static. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "Teaching Machines to See," 1 Nov. 2015 Ignore the static of daily life and don't buy into anything without doing your own homework. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for August 5, 2020: Gemini, entertain yourself on the cheap; Virgo, be nice at work," 5 Aug. 2020 Quintero preferred an acting technique that was based on the Method, and a production style that laid greater emphasis on the static and the symbolic and the psychological, as opposed to more naturalistic, open, free-flowing action. Caryl Phillips, The New York Review of Books, "Walcott in New York," 29 July 2020 Natural environments turn down the static of everyday life, wake up your senses and calm the constantly whirring frontal lobes of your brain. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "18 Ways to Relax That Will Leave You Feeling Like a New Woman," 29 May 2020 Then came the static of the ship’s re-entry communications blackout. Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Years Ago, the Crew of the Damaged Apollo 13 Came Home," 8 Apr. 2020 Electric and magnetic fields — EMFs — are on the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation extending from static to X-rays, according to the World Health Organization. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, "Fact check: A magnetic shield will not protect cellphone users from EMF radiation," 13 July 2020 For three months the telescope scanned its targets and found nothing more than cosmic static. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "My dad launched the quest to find alien intelligence. It changed astronomy.," 19 June 2020

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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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Time Traveler for static

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The first known use of static was in 1640

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Last Updated

23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Static.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/static. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for static

static

adjective
How to pronounce -static (audio)

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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