noun (used with a singular verb)
Origin of statics
adjective Also stat·i·cal.
- static or atmospheric electricity.
- interference due to such electricity.
Origin of static
Examples from the Web for statics
Historical Examples of statics
They saw only the statics of territories; they had no conception of the dynamics of nations.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
This science, like mechanics and biology, has its statics and its dynamics.The Idea of Progress
J. B. Bury
I say that statics has not dealt adequately with these problems.
The phenomena of statics and dynamics are different phenomena.
He is working with the statics of the problem of money and credit.
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.