noun (used with a singular verb)
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Definition for statics (2 of 2)
adjective Also stat·i·cal.
- static or atmospheric electricity.
- interference due to such electricity.
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 statics
Numerous problems in statics and mechanics were solved by a felicitous audacity and with a great economy of effort.The Insect|Jules Michelet
Compare, let us say, the contrast between "statics and dynamics" with that between "historical and cross-section" study.
We follow also the traditional practice of dealing first with statics and then with kinetics.
The phenomena of statics and dynamics are different phenomena.
An extension of statics, however, can in considerable degree take account of them.