adjective Also stat·i·cal.
- static or atmospheric electricity.
- interference due to such electricity.
Origin of static
Staticus is a straightforward borrowing of Greek statikós with the same meaning. Statica, the feminine singular of staticus, is short for ars statica “the art, science, or technique of weighing,” also dating from the late 16th century, and is a translation of Greek téchnē statikē (which, in the 16th century, wasn't just a matter of putting something on a postage meter or bathroom scale). Statikós is a derivative of the adjective statós “(of a horse or water) standing still.” Statics, the branch of mechanics that deals with bodies at rest or forces in equilibrium, is a derivative of Latin statica and Greek statikē.
The noun sense of static, used in telecommunications and electromagnetics, is a relatively new development, from the late 19th century. It refers to atmospheric electricity and the interference due to it. Out of this developed a figurative sense that we use informally today to complain about someone interfering with what we want to do (that is, giving us trouble or difficulty): “Stop giving me static about this!”
Examples from the Web for static
But engine technology has not been static in the past decade.Does America’s $400 Billion Stealth Jet Need Another Engine?|Bill Sweetman|July 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This means that the camera has to be static and I have to include some explanatory inter-titles.Inside ‘Maidan’: Sergei Loznitsa on His Ukrainian Uprising Doc and Putin’s ‘Fascist’ Regime|Richard Porton|May 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Another Warhol “Screen Test”, this time shot in early 1965, and putting a static Edie Sedgwick on screen for four minutes.
Each level consists of a static screen covered with blue and orange pegs.
In fact, nothing is static in the West Bank, especially as Israel continues building settlements.
Normal life is nothing but that,—a state of equilibrium, a static condition.Philosophic Nights In Paris|Remy De Gourmont
The static theory which abstracts from this easily leads to dangerous conclusions.
What is the significance of the problem play on the one hand, and the cry for a "Static Theatre" on the other hand?How to Write a Novel|Anonymous
Poetry was static in its nature, and its business was the interpretation of enduring beauty and eternal veracity.Imaginary Interviews|W. D. Howells
Logic is mechanical and mathematical, and mathematics and mechanics are static.