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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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
The question whether a statically electrified body in motion creates a magnetic field is of fundamental importance.
Somewhere these two men will pass, and, statically judged, will be of equal worth.The Meaning of Faith|Harry Emerson Fosdick