static

adjective
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

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

Noun

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

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

Following several weeks of checkouts and refurbishments, B1045 trekked out to pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for a routine static fire—essentially a dress rehearsal. Amy Thompson, WIRED, "SpaceX Is About to Launch Its Final Block 4 Falcon," 28 June 2018 Some of the first images TESS' cameras collect may resemble television static rather than discernable cosmic objects, but the photos will be jam-packed with data. Amy Thompson, Space.com, "What's Next for NASA's TESS Exoplanet Hunter?," 19 Apr. 2018 Riggers strung a web of static ropes for hoisting the cocoon-like stretchers over vast fields of jagged rocks. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 The closing track built and then dissolved into a static-y loop over 11 minutes. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Nine Inch Nails Is Still Pushing the Sound of Catharsis," 22 June 2018 Facebook already started testing static ads in the Messenger app last year, but now the social media giant is taking it a step further. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Facebook Messenger Will Soon Autoplay Video Ads," 20 June 2018 Only 2 percent of Google’s workers are black, a figure that has remained static for the past three years. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "Tech Companies Are Still Struggling to Hire Black Workers," 8 June 2018 The top of The Courant rankings remain static this week, as Fairfield Prep and Holy Cross remain Nos. 1 and 2 after each went 3-0 the past week. Sean Begin, courant.com, "High School Baseball: South Windsor Rises In State Rankings, New Britain Joins Area Poll," 15 May 2018 Several experts Ars spoke to noted that the market for the launch of large satellites to low-Earth and geostationary orbit has remained fairly static. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Block 5 rocket launch marks the end of the beginning for SpaceX," 3 May 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

: criticism or complaints

static

noun
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

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 \

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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