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

  • adj. Having no motion; being at rest; quiescent.
  • adj. Fixed; stationary.
  • adj. Physics Of or relating to bodies at rest or forces that balance each other.
  • adj. Electricity Of, relating to, or producing stationary charges; electrostatic.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or produced by random radio noise.
  • n. Random noise, such as crackling in a receiver or specks on a television screen, produced by atmospheric disturbance of the signal.
  • n. Informal Back talk.
  • n. Informal Interference; obstruction.
  • n. Informal Angry or heated criticism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resting; acting by mere weight without motion
  • adj. Pertaining to bodies at rest or in equilibrium.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


New Latin staticus, relating to weight, from Greek statikos, causing to stand, from statos, standing.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Modern Latin staticus, from Ancient Greek στατικός, from ἱστάναι ("to cause to stand"). (Wiktionary)



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