Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to hydrostatics.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In phytogeography, taking place under conditions of substantially uniform wetness: said of a succession of vegetations.
  • Pertaining to or in accordance with the principles of the equilibrium of fluids; relating to hydrostatics. Also hydrostatical.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or relating to hydrostatics; pertaining to, or in accordance with, the principles of the equilibrium of fluids.
  • adjective a balance for weighing substances in water, for the purpose of ascertaining their specific gravities.
  • adjective a water bed.
  • adjective an apparatus consisting of a water-tight bellowslike case with a long, upright tube, into which water may be poured to illustrate the hydrostatic paradox.
  • adjective the proposition in hydrostatics that any quantity of water, however small, may be made to counterbalance any weight, however great; or the law of the equality of pressure of fluids in all directions.
  • adjective a machine in which great force, with slow motion, is communicated to a large plunger by means of water forced into the cylinder in which it moves, by a forcing pump of small diameter, to which the power is applied, the principle involved being the same as in the hydrostatic bellows. Also called hydraulic press, and Bramah press. In the illustration, a is a pump with a small plunger b, which forces the water into the cylinder c, thus driving upward the large plunder d, which performs the reduced work, such as compressing cotton bales, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective physics Of or relating to hydrostatics.
  • adjective Of or relating to fluids, especially to the pressure that they exert or transmit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective relating to fluids at rest or to the pressures they exert or transmit

Etymologies

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hydro- +‎ static

Examples

  • Phoenixville Ironworks, is thus described: 'The principle on which it acts is that of hydrostatic pressure, or, more properly, _hydrostatic resistance_.

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 430 Volume 17, New Series, March 27, 1852

  • A heavy bullet that is too narrow to leave a large wound channel thus lacking in hydrostatic shock, odds are it will tumble upon impact, kicks like a mule, no real advantage over a 30-06 with heavy loads and it [‘s appeals mainly to the feeble minded fad got to have it that believes anything.

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  • The term hydrostatic shock describes the observation that a penetrating projectile can produce remote wounding and incapacitating effects in living targets, in addition to local effects ...

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  • The term hydrostatic shock describes the observation that a penetrating projectile can produce remote wounding and incapacitating effects in living targets, in addition to local effects ...

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  • Investigators believe that pipeline owner PG&E Corp. could have identified the defects if it had conducted a water-pressure test, known as hydrostatic testing, on the line before it was put into service.

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  • The reason Pluto is not a "big rock" and different from most other objects in the Kuiper Belt is that it has achieved a state known as hydrostatic equilibrium.

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  • The matrix , referred to as the hydrostatic matrix, represents the discrete approximation to the hydrostatic integral and is left unspecified for now.

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  • A highly accurate version is underwater weighing, also known as hydrostatic weighing.

    Hold it!

  • A highly accurate version is underwater weighing, also known as hydrostatic weighing.

    Hold it!

  • A highly accurate version is underwater weighing, also known as hydrostatic weighing.

    Hold it!

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