Physics. having no tendency to take a definite position or direction.
- a·stat·i·cal·ly, adverb
- a·stat·i·cism [ey-stat-uh-siz-uhm], /eɪˈstæt əˌsɪz əm/, noun
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How to use astatic in a sentence
An astatic magnetic system placed beside the disc underwent deviations.
The presence of the current is easily shown with the astatic detectors.
Hang the astatic needle so that the wire between the two parts will not quite touch the coil.
The most convenient way will be to use two coils, one on each side of the astatic needle.
By this the astatic needle is suspended and protected from air currents.
British Dictionary definitions for astatic
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
- astatically, adverb
- astaticism, noun
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