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astatic

[ ey-stat-ik ]
/ eɪˈstæt ɪk /
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adjective

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

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Origin of astatic

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

OTHER WORDS FROM astatic

a·stat·i·cal·ly, adverba·stat·i·cism [ey-stat-uh-siz-uhm], /eɪˈstæt əˌsɪz əm/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for astatic

astatic
/ (æˈstætɪk, eɪ-) /

adjective

not static; unstable
physics
  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 forms of astatic

astatically, adverbastaticism, noun

Word Origin for astatic

C19: from Greek astatos unsteady; see a- 1, static
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Medical definitions for astatic

astatic
[ ə-stătĭk ]

adj.

Relating to astasia.
Unsteady; unstable.
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