adjective Also stat·i·cal .
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Origin of static
historical usage 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!”
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From where Turner sits, he doesn’t mind if the most widely used numbers paint him as static.Myles Turner’s Game Has Evolved. The Box Score Doesn’t Know It Yet.|Chris Herring (firstname.lastname@example.org)|February 10, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
While we are lucky that our vaccines still work against the current variants, we have to keep in mind that in this race between vaccines and variants, the variants aren’t staying static.Why Opening Restaurants Is Exactly What the Coronavirus Wants Us to Do|Caroline Chen|February 6, 2021|ProPublica
There is some overlap in the mutations in the three variants, but they arose independently and, along with other variants under review, provide a vivid reminder that the coronavirus is not a static target for vaccines and the human immune system.First U.S. case of highly transmissible Brazil coronavirus variant identified in Minnesota|Joel Achenbach|January 25, 2021|Washington Post
Simple tricks learned over development, such as bringing up static artwork or controlling where the user focused their attention, helped mitigate nausea.Virtual reality has real problems. Here’s how game developers seek to delete them.|Derek Swinhart|January 21, 2021|Washington Post
In the case of SEO, the outcomes are either better, worse, or static keyword rankings.How to perform SEO A/B testing in Google Search Console|Manick Bhan|January 20, 2021|Search Engine Watch
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
In prison, Fama had discovered that he had considerably less static with blacks than he did with whites.
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.
“There is no static to-night,” said Mr. Brandon, who overheard the enthusiastic girl.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn|Margaret Penrose
All at once every symbol was constant, static and livid upon the screen, enhanced by the words equate—complete—equate—complete.We're Friends, Now|Henry Hasse
There was a clicking sound and the loudspeaker died with a sputter of static.Hunters Out of Space|Joseph Everidge Kelleam
There was an immediate crackle and burst of static electricity, and the stumbler fell back yelping and shaking his arms.Pagan Passions|Gordon Randall Garrett
It has been stated that modern theory recognizes two classes of electricity, the Static and the Dynamic.Steam Steel and Electricity|James W. Steele