- unstable; unsteady.
- Physics. having no tendency to take a definite position or direction.
Origin of astatic
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- 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
Word Origin for astatic
C19: from Greek astatos unsteady; see a- 1, static
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Word Origin and History for astatically
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to astasia.
- Unsteady; unstable.
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