- State is defined as a territory with its own government and borders within a larger country.
An example of a state is California.
- The definition of a state is your current status or condition.
An example of state is when you are dirty and sad.
- State means to speak or say something.
An example of state is when you say your name.
- a set of circumstances or attributes characterizing a person or thing at a given time; way or form of being; condition: a state of poverty
- a particular mental or emotional condition: a state of bliss
- condition as regards physical structure, constitution, internal form, stage or phase of existence, etc.: liquid state
- condition or position in life; social status, rank, or degree
- high rank or position
- the style of living characteristic of people having high rank and wealth; rich, imposing, ceremonious display: drove up in state
- the power or authority represented by a body of people politically organized under one government, esp. an independent government, within a territory or territories having definite boundaries
- such a body of people; body politic
- ⌂ any of the territorial and political units that together constitute a federal government, as in the U.S.
- ⌂ the territory of a state (senses & )
- the political organization constituting the basis of civil government: church and state
- the sphere of highest governmental authority and administration: matters of state
- foreign policy: used in titles: Secretary of State
Origin of stateMiddle English ; from Old French and amp; L: Old French estat ; from Classical Latin status, state, position, standing ; from past participle of stare, to stand
- of, for, or characteristic of occasions of great ceremony; formal; ceremonial
- of or controlled, maintained, etc. by the government or a state
- to fix or establish by specifying: at the stated hour
- to set forth in words, esp. in a specific, definite, or formal way: to state one's objectives
- to express or present in a nonverbal way: to state a musical theme in the first three measures
in (or into) a state
lie in state
- a. A condition or mode of being, as with regard to circumstances: The office was in a state of confusion.b. A condition of being in a stage or form, as of structure, growth, or development: the fetal state.c. A mental or emotional condition: in a manic state.d. Informal A condition of excitement or distress: was in a state over going to the prom.e. Social position or rank.
- Physics The condition of a physical system with regard to phase, form, composition, or structure: Ice is the solid state of water.
- Ceremony; pomp: foreign leaders dining in state at the White House.
- a. The supreme public power within a sovereign political entity: the state intervening in the economy.b. The sphere of supreme civil power within a given polity: matters of state.c. A specific kind of government: the socialist state.d. A body politic, especially one constituting a nation: the states of Eastern Europe.e. One of the more or less internally autonomous territorial and political units composing a federation under a sovereign government: the 48 contiguous states of the Union.
- Of or relating to a body politic or to an internally autonomous territorial or political unit constituting a federation under one government: a monarch dealing with state matters; the department that handles state security.
- Owned and operated by a state: state universities.
transitive verbstat·ed, stat·ing, states
Origin of stateMiddle English, from Old French estat, from Latin status; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
- stat′a·ble, state′a·ble
- A polity.
- (anthropology) A society larger than a tribe. A society large enough to form a state in the sense of a government.
- a state of being; a state of emergency
- (computing) The stable condition of a processor during a particular clock cycle.
- In the fetch state, the address of the next instruction is placed on the address bus.
- (computing) The set of all parameters relevant to a computation.
- The state here includes a set containing all names seen so far.
- (computing) The values of all parameters at some point in a computation.
- A debugger can show the state of a program at any breakpoint.
- (sciences) The physical property of matter as solid, liquid, gas or plasma.
(third-person singular simple present states, present participle stating, simple past and past participle stated)
(comparative more state, superlative most state)
- (obsolete) stately
- A current governing polity.
- (often with definite article) The current governing polity under which the speaker lives.
- State University, as the shortened form of any public university name.
state - Computer Definition
(1) In object-oriented programming, the state of an object is the combination of the original values in the object plus any modifications made to them.
(2) The current or last-known status, or condition, of a process, transaction or setting. "Maintaining state" or "managing state" means keeping track of the process. This is an issue on the Web, because the HTTP protocol does not maintain state between one page request and the next. A Web site needs to keep track of customers that fill a shopping cart with an item, wander off to another page and then come back to complete the order. Likewise, Webmasters like to analyze the routes users take when visiting their sites. In order to maintain state in a stateless environment, cookie files and server protocols such as NSAPI and ISAPI are used. Maintaining State with Voice Calls Because everything is chopped into packets by the network, maintaining "state" is also an issue when voice is carried over the Internet (voice over IP). Techniques are devised to simulate the end-to-end connection of a regular telephone call that would "maintain the state of the call." This would readily allow the call to be barged in on, a requirement in certain call centers as well as for emergencies. See cookie, stateless, IP telephony signaling protocol, Web bug, NSAPI and ISAPI.