adjective Also stat·i·cal.
- static or atmospheric electricity.
- interference due to such electricity.
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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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Example sentences from the Web for statical
He calls me a million M. F. condenser of dramatic electricity, but says that it's all statical, when it ought to flow.Yellowstone Nights|Herbert Quick
The proof is the same as that of Dirichlet for the case of statical stability.
Mr. Clark is, indeed, barred out by his premises from any but a statical development of theory.The Place of Science in Modern Civilisation and Other Essays|Thorstein Veblen
The social ideal is doubly hypothetical, implying that all members of the society are good and that society is statical.
This "statical force" is the force by the exertion of which a body keeps still.