adjective Also stat·i·cal.
- static or atmospheric electricity.
- interference due to such electricity.
Origin of static
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Historical Examples of statical
They relate to a course of lectures he delivered in 1849 on Statical Electricity.Michael Faraday
J. H. Gladstone
I am indebted to Sir E. Thorpe for a definition of statical.
The gas may then be described as in the neutral or statical condition.The Energy System of Matter
For Reality is no absent and dead, or statical, Ding-an-Sich.
It is a statical manifestation of valor, as daring deeds are a dynamical.Bushido, the Soul of Japan
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.