I. adjective Etymology: New Latin staticus, from Greek statikos causing to stand, skilled in weighing, from histanai to cause to stand, weigh — more at stand Date: 1638 1. exerting force by reason of weight alone without motion 2. of or relating to bodies at rest or forces in equilibrium 3. showing little change <
a static population
4. a. characterized by a lack of movement, animation, or progression b. producing an effect of repose or quiescence <
a static design
5. a. standing or fixed in one place ; stationary b. of water stored in a tank but not under pressure 6. of, relating to, or producing stationary charges of electricity ; electrostatic 7. of, relating to, or caused by radio static • statical adjectivestatically adverb II. noun Etymology: static electricity Date: 1913 1. noise produced in a radio or television receiver by atmospheric or various natural or man-made electrical disturbances; also the electrical disturbances producing this noise 2. heated opposition or criticism • staticky adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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