The quarter-moon, statically balanced and free to move about its pivot, basically had two positions.
Somewhere these two men will pass, and, statically judged, will be of equal worth.
In other words, the whole assemblage of effective forces is statically equivalent to the extraneous forces.
To know it, we have not so much to separate it statically from its works, as to replace it in its history.
The question whether a statically electrified body in motion creates a magnetic field is of fundamental importance.
1640s (earlier statical, 1560s), "pertaining to the science of weight and its mechanical effects," from Modern Latin statica, from Greek statikos "causing to stand, skilled in weighing," from stem of histanai "to make to stand, set; to place in the balance, weigh," from PIE root *sta- "stand" (see stet). The sense of "having to do with bodies at rest or with forces that balance each other" is first recorded 1802. Applied to frictional electricity from 1839.
"random radio noise," 1912, from static (adj.). Figurative sense of "aggravation, criticism" is attested from 1926.
Noun Distortion or interruption of a broadcast signal, such as crackling or noise in a receiver or specks on a television screen, often produced when background electromagnetic radiation in the atmosphere disturbs signal reception or when there are loose connections in the transmission or reception circuits.
Complaints, back talk, trivial objections, etc: Here's the policy, and let's not have any static about it
[1953+; fr the atmospheric interference that makes unwanted noise in radio transmissions]