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

  • adjective Having no motion; being at rest; quiescent.
  • adjective Fixed; stationary.
  • adjective Physics Of or relating to bodies at rest or forces that balance each other.
  • adjective Electricity Of, relating to, or producing stationary charges; electrostatic.
  • noun Interference or noise, such as crackling in a receiver, produced when static or atmospheric electricity disturbs signal reception.
  • noun Back talk.
  • noun Interference; obstruction.
  • noun Angry or heated criticism.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to weight and the theory of weight.
  • Same as statical.
  • In art criticism, monumental; stable; simply posed.

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

  • adjective Resting; acting by mere weight without motion
  • adjective Pertaining to bodies at rest or in equilibrium.
  • adjective See the Note under Electricity, 1.
  • adjective See under Moment.

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

  • adjective Unable to change.
  • adjective Fixed in place; having no motion.
  • adjective programming Occupying memory allocated when a program is loaded.
  • noun Interference on a broadcast signal caused by atmospheric disturbances; heard as crackles on radio, or seen as random specks on television.
  • noun by extension Interference or obstruction from people.
  • noun Something that is not part of any perceived universe phenomena; having no motion; no particle; no wavelength.
  • noun Static electricity.

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

  • adjective concerned with or producing or caused by static electricity
  • noun angry criticism
  • adjective not in physical motion
  • noun a crackling or hissing noise caused by electrical interference
  • adjective showing little if any change

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin staticus, relating to weight, from Greek statikos, causing to stand, from statos, standing; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Modern Latin staticus, from Ancient Greek στατικός, from ἱστάναι ("to cause to stand").

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