unstable; unsteady.
Physics. having no tendency to take a definite position or direction.

Nearby words

  1. astanga yoga,
  2. astarboard,
  3. astarte,
  4. astasia,
  5. astasia-abasia,
  6. astatic galvanometer,
  7. astatide,
  8. astatine,
  9. astbury,
  10. asteatosis

Origin of astatic

1820–30; < Greek ástat(os) not steadfast, unstable (a- a-6 + statós standing) + -ic; see static

Related formsa·stat·i·cal·ly, adverba·stat·i·cism [ey-stat-uh-siz-uh m] /eɪˈstæt əˌsɪz əm/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for astatic



not static; unstable
  1. having no tendency to assume any particular position or orientation
  2. (of a galvanometer) having two mutually compensating magnets arranged so that the instrument is independent of the earth's magnetic field
Derived Formsastatically, adverbastaticism, noun

Word Origin for astatic

C19: from Greek astatos unsteady; see a- 1, static

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Word Origin and History for astatic



1827, from Greek astatos "unstable, not steadfast," from a-, privative prefix (see a- (3)), + statos "placed, standing," from PIE root *sta- (see stet).

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Medicine definitions for astatic




Relating to astasia.
Unsteady; unstable.

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