[ ih-lek-truh-stat-ik ]

  1. of or relating to static electricity.

Origin of electrostatic

First recorded in 1865–70; electro- + static

Other words from electrostatic

  • e·lec·tro·stat·i·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby electrostatic

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How to use electrostatic in a sentence

  • “I think the most likely mechanism for providing the spark is electrostatic,” Stansfield said.

  • We get some gravity, some magnetic, and some electrostatic field distortion, too.

    Islands of Space | John W Campbell
  • Seriously, though, I didn't think the electrostatic curvature would be so slow to adjust.

    Islands of Space | John W Campbell
  • The attraction of light particles to a charged body is explained by electrostatic induction.

  • electrostatic effects, however, differ greatly from those of tides.

    Climatic Changes | Ellsworth Huntington
  • Magnetic and gravitational and electrostatic fields rotate polarized light or bend light or do this or that as the case may be.

    Operation: Outer Space | William Fitzgerald Jenkins

British Dictionary definitions for electrostatic


/ (ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈstætɪk) /

  1. of, concerned with, producing, or caused by static electricity

  2. concerned with electrostatics

Derived forms of electrostatic

  • electrostatically, adverb

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Scientific definitions for electrostatic


[ ĭ-lĕk′trō-stătĭk ]

  1. Relating to or caused by electric charges that are not in motion. Compare electrodynamic.

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