adjective Also stat·i·cal .
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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 static
Lacking that, you don’t know if a static R-naught means the election didn’t change anything, or if it means cases would have fallen otherwise and the election just kept them at the same level.What Two Studies With Very Different Findings Can Tell Us About Voting In A Pandemic|Maggie Koerth (email@example.com)|November 2, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Trust is not static but can be dynamically built by being a good steward of the customer experience.
If you don’t have a national standard, what you have is a piecemeal approach, and you have absolutely no way of really containing the spread of this virus because people are not going to remain static.State and local leaders order new restrictions amid autumn’s coronavirus surge|Joel Achenbach, Karin Brulliard|October 29, 2020|Washington Post
One of the areas most at risk during long-term storage is the pitot-static system, a tiny opening at the front of every jet, and the static port, another cavity a little further along the side of the aircraft.The world’s grounded jumbo jets sit in this desert parking lot in the middle of nowhere|Bernhard Warner|October 27, 2020|Fortune
The links that point to your site are static, so it’s very common for older backlinks to point to broken pages.PageRank sculpting: How to get more from your links|Manick Bhan|October 26, 2020|Search Engine Watch
Olowu had gotten tired of the Fashion Week slog of runway shows and models posing statically in airless rooms.Designer Duro Olowu Mixes Fashion and Art in Pop-Up Exhibition|Robin Givhan|February 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Hellenised Christianity, proceeds our critic, regarded the incarnation statically, as a fact in past history.Outspoken Essays|William Ralph Inge
The quarter-moon, statically balanced and free to move about its pivot, basically had two positions.The Wright Brothers' Engines and Their Design|Leonard S. Hobbs.
In other words, the whole assemblage of effective forces is statically equivalent to the extraneous forces.
To know it, we have not so much to separate it statically from its works, as to replace it in its history.A New Philosophy: Henri Bergson|Edouard le Roy
Hence the statically-charged but rotating disk becomes in effect a circular electric current.