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[stey-ter] /ˈsteɪ tər/
any of various gold or silver or electrum coin units or coins of the ancient Greek states or cities.
Origin of stater
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin statēr < Greek statḗr, akin to histánai to place in the balance, literally, to make stand


[stat] /stæt/ Informal.
Usually, stats. statistics.
of, relating to, or containing statistics:
Some sports fans memorize all the stat sheets published about a team.
shortening of statistics, statistic Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for stater
Historical Examples
  • stater—A gold coin; estimated at about twelve shillings, three pence.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The miraculous draught of fishes, and the stater in the fish's mouth?

  • When you have opened its mouth, you will find a stater coin.

  • We had a controversy in Bloomsbury on one occasion about a gold Athenian stater sent to me on approval.

    The Confessions of a Collector William Carew Hazlitt
  • I have paid the interest up to the month Epeiph, at the rate of a stater per mina.

  • Every man was to receive a stater per month, the captains twice, and the generals four times as much.

    Callias Alfred John Church
  • They had no coinage, whereas those in the south-east had theirs, copied from a stater of Philip of Macedon.

    Cornwall Sabine Baring-Gould
  • The stater of Darius, usually called a daricus, was a gold coin of Persia.

    The Anabasis of Alexander Arrian of Nicomedia
  • And would you be happy if you had three talents of gold in your belly, a talent in your pate, and a stater in either eye?'

    Euthydemus Plato
  • Something which is about the size of a stater is tied up in a small piece of leather: what it is, no one knows but the makers.

    Eryxias An Imitator of Plato
British Dictionary definitions for stater


any of various usually silver coins of ancient Greece
Word Origin
C14: via Late Latin from Greek statēr a standard of weight, from histanai to stand
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Word Origin and History for stater

ancient coin, late 14c., from Greek stater, from histanai "to fix, to place in a balance," hence "to weigh;" literally "to cause to stand" (see stet).



"instrument that keeps something stationary," before 1970, shortened form of Latin statim (adv.), originally "to a standstill," from status (see state (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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stater in Medicine

stat (stāt)
With no delay. adj.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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