[ stat-ik ]
/ ˈstæt ɪk /

adjective Also stat·i·cal.


  1. static or atmospheric electricity.
  2. interference due to such electricity.
Informal. difficulty; trouble: Will your dad give you any static on using the car?

Nearby words

  1. stateswoman,
  2. statewide,
  3. statfarad,
  4. stathenry,
  5. statia,
  6. static character,
  7. static cling,
  8. static convulsion,
  9. static dump,
  10. static electricity

Origin of static

1560–70; < New Latin staticus < Greek statikós, equivalent to sta- (stem of histánai to make stand) + -tikos -tic

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British Dictionary definitions for static


/ (ˈstætɪk) /

adjective Also: statical


random hissing or crackling or a speckled picture caused by the interference of electrical disturbances in the reception of radio or television transmissions
electric sparks or crackling produced by friction
See also statics

Derived Formsstatically, adverb

Word Origin for static

C16: from New Latin staticus, from Greek statikos causing to stand, from histanai to stand, put on the scales

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Word Origin and History for static
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Science definitions for static


[ stătĭk ]


Having no motion; being at rest. Compare dynamic.
Relating to or producing static electricity.


Distortion or interruption of a broadcast signal, such as crackling or noise in a receiver or specks on a television screen, often produced when background electromagnetic radiation in the atmosphere disturbs signal reception or when there are loose connections in the transmission or reception circuits.
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