The definition of static is showing little or no change or an electric charge.adjective
- 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: ModL staticus < Gr statikos, causing to stand < 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
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- 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.
- Of, relating to, or produced by random radio noise.
- Random noise, such as crackling in a receiver or specks on a television screen, produced by atmospheric disturbance of the signal.
- Informal a. Back talk.b. Interference; obstruction.c. Angry or heated criticism.
Origin: New Latin staticus, relating to weight, from Greek statikos, causing to stand, from statos, standing; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
- statˈi·cal adjective
- statˈi·cal·ly adverb
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static - Science Definition
- Having no motion; being at rest. Compare dynamic.
- Relating to or producing static electricity.
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