[ stey-ter ]
/ ˈsteɪ tər /


Electricity, Machinery. a portion of a machine that remains fixed with respect to rotating parts, especially the collection of stationary parts in the magnetic circuits of a machine.Compare rotor(def 1).
Aeronautics. the system of stationary airfoils in the compressor of a jet engine.

Nearby words

  1. statocyst,
  2. statohm,
  3. statokinetic reflex,
  4. statolatry,
  5. statolith,
  6. statoscope,
  7. statotonic reflexes,
  8. stats,
  9. statto,
  10. statuary

Origin of stator

1900–05; < New Latin, Latin: literally, one that stands. See status, -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stator


/ (ˈsteɪtə) /


the stationary part of a rotary machine or device, esp of a motor or generator
a system of nonrotating radially arranged parts within a rotating assembly, esp the fixed blades of an axial flow compressor in a gas turbine

Word Origin for stator

C20: from Latin: one who stands (by), from stāre to stand

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Word Origin and History for stator



1895, from Latin stator, agent noun from stare "to stand" (see stay (v.)).

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