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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How to use static in a sentence
This "statical force" is the force by the exertion of which a body keeps still.
The cell was for Schwann not a morphological concept at all, but a physiological; the cell was a dynamical, not a statical unit.Form and Function|E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
We have briefly described the statical condition of a market; Disturbance of Equilibrium.
It is not in the night nor in the day—it is not in any statical condition of the atmosphere—that the mountains look most sublime.Hours of Exercise in the Alps|John Tyndall
In other topics the same restrictions on the scope of the simple statical theory of energy appear.