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[stat-iks] /ˈstæt ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the branch of mechanics that deals with bodies at rest or forces in equilibrium.
Origin of statics
First recorded in 1650-60; See origin at static, -ics


[stat-ik] /ˈstæt ɪk/
adjective, Also, statical
pertaining to or characterized by a fixed or stationary condition.
showing little or no change:
a static concept; a static relationship.
lacking movement, development, or vitality:
The novel was marred by static characterizations, especially in its central figures.
Sociology. referring to a condition of social life bound by tradition.
Electricity. pertaining to or noting static electricity.
noting or pertaining to atmospheric electricity interfering with radar, radio, the sending and receiving of wireless messages, etc.
Physics. acting by mere weight without producing motion:
static pressure.
Economics. pertaining to fixed relations, or different combinations of fixed quantities:
static population.
Computers. (of data storage, processing, or programming) unaffected by the passage of time or the presence or absence of power:
A static website contains Web pages with fixed content that does not change as the user interacts with it.
  1. static or atmospheric electricity.
  2. interference due to such electricity.
Informal. difficulty; trouble:
Will your dad give you any static on using the car?
1560-70; < New Latin staticus < Greek statikós, equivalent to sta- (stem of histánai to make stand) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
statically, adverb
nonstatic, adjective
unstatic, adjective
unstatical, adjective
unstatically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for statics
Historical Examples
  • They saw only the statics of territories; they had no conception of the dynamics of nations.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • This science, like mechanics and biology, has its statics and its dynamics.

  • He is working with the statics of the problem of money and credit.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • I say that statics has not dealt adequately with these problems.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • The phenomena of statics and dynamics are different phenomena.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • By this simple experiment was laid the foundation of the science of statics.

  • The statics of society is the study of the conditions of existence and permanence of the social state.

    August Comte and Positivism John-Stuart Mill
  • What indeed is self-evident in this, reason confirms, and daily experience in statics manifests.

    Perpetual Motion Percy Verance
  • Equilibrium, in statics, the condition when a body is acted on by two or more forces which balance one another.

  • Formerly the latter alone was called dynamics, and to this, in conjunction with statics, the general name mechanics was given.

British Dictionary definitions for statics


(functioning as sing) the branch of mechanics concerned with the forces that produce a state of equilibrium in a system of bodies Compare dynamics (sense 1)


not active or moving; stationary
(of a weight, force, or pressure) acting but causing no movement
of or concerned with forces that do not produce movement Compare dynamic (sense 1)
relating to or causing stationary electric charges; electrostatic
of or relating to interference in the reception of radio or television transmissions
of or concerned with statics
(sociol) characteristic of or relating to a society that has reached a state of equilibrium so that no changes are taking place
(computing) (of a memory) not needing its contents refreshed periodically Compare dynamic (sense 5)
random hissing or crackling or a speckled picture caused by the interference of electrical disturbances in the reception of radio or television transmissions
electric sparks or crackling produced by friction
See also statics
Derived Forms
statically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from New Latin staticus, from Greek statikos causing to stand, from histanai to stand, put on the scales
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Word Origin and History for statics



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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statics in Science
The branch of physics that deals with physical systems in equilibrium, in which no bodies are in motion, and all forces are offset or counterbalanced by other forces.
  1. Having no motion; being at rest. Compare dynamic.

  2. Relating to or producing static electricity.

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.
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Slang definitions & phrases for statics



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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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