adjective Also stat·i·cal.
- static or atmospheric electricity.
- interference due to such electricity.
- static character,
- static cling,
- static convulsion,
- static dump,
- static electricity
Origin of static
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.
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.