adjective Also stat·i·cal.
- static or atmospheric electricity.
- interference due to such electricity.
- static character,
- static cling,
- static convulsion,
- static dump,
- static electricity
Origin of static
Examples from the Web for statically
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
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.