- unstable; unsteady.
- Physics. having no tendency to take a definite position or direction.
Origin of astatic
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Astatic, a-stat′ik, adj. having a tendency not to stand still: losing polarity, as a magnetic needle.
By arranging two magnetized needles with their poles opposite each other, Fig. 92, an astatic needle is formed.
Fig. 67 shows an astatic galvanometer for measuring weak currents.
The ends of the coil are to be connected to an astatic galvanoscope; this forms a closed circuit.
- not static; unstable
- having no tendency to assume any particular position or orientation
- (of a galvanometer) having two mutually compensating magnets arranged so that the instrument is independent of the earth's magnetic field
C19: from Greek astatos unsteady; see a- 1, static
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Word Origin and History for astatic
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- Relating to astasia.
- Unsteady; unstable.
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