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, 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

Rather, our conscious visual experience is stitched together out of these fragmentary static views. Daniel Glaser, A-LIST, "Out of Your Mind," 1 July 2018 Sunset’ The film is a static shot of a sunset taking place in real time, just over 30 minutes. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "Andy Warhol arrives with a bang this summer in San Antonio," 26 June 2018 The dryer also emits negative ions to make your hair super shiny and not static-y. Rebecca Norris, Allure, "The "Heatless" Blow-Dryer From Hai Beauty Concepts That Dried My Hair in 10 Minutes," 15 June 2018 Your experience at a BJJ class will probably not involve a soothing voice coaching you to breathe from your core as static-laden instrumentals play over a speaker. Tres Dean, GQ, "The Best Martial Arts for Getting Anderson Silva-Ripped," 13 June 2018 The moment is captured in a wide shot, which means that the two figures in it, Annie and Gabriel Byrne’s Steve, look smaller than life rather than larger, a bit like the tiny, static humans that people Annie’s artwork. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Artfully Made Hereditary Is the Latest Horror Film to Elevate the Genre," 7 June 2018 This could be helpful for people who need to make digital copies of physical documents that can further tweak like a conventional PDF file rather than a static image. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "4 Big Takeaways From Google's I/O Developer Conference Today," 8 May 2018 Instead of static images, the video features moving images including waterfalls and fiery space craft. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "'Black Panther' Cut 'Wakanda' Gets Super Treatment: Exclusive Premiere," 17 Apr. 2018 In static images, of course, this isn't very impressive. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Imaging at 1,000fps with a single pixel," 15 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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