adjective Also stat·i·cal.
- static or atmospheric electricity.
- interference due to such electricity.
Origin of static
Related Words for staticimmobile, passive, immovable, stagnant, fixed, stationary, stable, still, constant, format, stabile, inactive, inert, latent, rigid, sticky, stopped, stuck, unchanging, unmoving
Examples from the Web for static
Contemporary Examples of static
But engine technology has not been static in the past decade.Does America’s $400 Billion Stealth Jet Need Another Engine?
July 31, 2014
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
May 24, 2014
Another Warhol “Screen Test”, this time shot in early 1965, and putting a static Edie Sedgwick on screen for four minutes.Warhol Gives Edie Sedgwick the Evil Eye
January 8, 2014
Each level consists of a static screen covered with blue and orange pegs.Gamer Life: I’m Addicted to ‘Peggle 2’
December 11, 2013
In fact, nothing is static in the West Bank, especially as Israel continues building settlements.Lapid Lost, Obama Distracts
March 21, 2013
Historical Examples of static
The static emerging from the speaker thickened, obliterating all other noises.The Second Voice
"Just a heavy charge of static electricity," replied the doctor.The Great Drought
Sterner St. Paul Meek
There was a babble of voices from the loudspeaker, punctuated by bursts of static.Death Wish
Straight at each other, neither moving, they shot their static charges.
Everywhere there has been a passage from the static to the dynamic.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
adjective Also: statical
Word Origin for static
1640s (earlier statical, 1560s), "pertaining to the science of weight and its mechanical effects," from Modern Latin statica, from Greek statikos "causing to stand, skilled in weighing," from stem of histanai "to make to stand, set; to place in the balance, weigh," from PIE root *sta- "stand" (see stet). The sense of "having to do with bodies at rest or with forces that balance each other" is first recorded 1802. Applied to frictional electricity from 1839.
"random radio noise," 1912, from static (adj.). Figurative sense of "aggravation, criticism" is attested from 1926.