- The definition of static is showing little or no change or an electric charge.
- An example of static is a car that remains in exactly the same place for a week.
- An example of static is rubbing a balloon on one's hair and then have the balloon stick to a wall.
- of bodies, masses, or forces at rest or in equilibrium
- not moving or progressing; at rest; inactive; stationary
- Comput. designating or of memory that retains stored data as long as power is supplied
- Elec. designating, of, or producing stationary electrical charges, as those resulting from friction
- Radio of or having to do with static
Origin of staticModern Latin staticus ; from Classical Greek statikos, causing to stand ; from histanai, to cause to stand
- electrical discharges in the atmosphere that interfere with radio or television reception, etc.
- interference or noises produced by such discharges
- Slang adversely critical remarks
- a. Having no motion; being at rest; quiescent.b. Fixed; stationary.
- Physics Of or relating to bodies at rest or forces that balance each other.
- Electricity Of, relating to, or producing stationary charges; electrostatic.
- Interference or noise, such as crackling in a receiver, produced when static or atmospheric electricity disturbs signal reception.
- Informal a. Back talk.b. Interference; obstruction.c. Angry or heated criticism.
Origin of staticNew Latin staticus, relating to weight, from Greek statikos, causing to stand, from statos, standing; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
- Interference on a broadcast signal caused by atmospheric disturbances; heard as crackles on radio, or seen as random specks on television.
- (by extension) Interference or obstruction from people.
- Something that is not part of any perceived universe phenomena; having no motion; no particle; no wavelength.
- Static electricity.
- attics, catsit
Modern Latin staticus, from Ancient Greek στατικός (statikos), from ἱστάναι (histanai, “to cause to stand”).