a. Having no motion; being at rest; quiescent.
b. Fixed; stationary.
2. Physics Of or relating to bodies at rest or forces that balance each other.
3. Electricity Of, relating to, or producing stationary charges; electrostatic.
1. Interference or noise, such as crackling in a receiver, produced when static or atmospheric electricity disturbs signal reception.
a. Back talk.
b. Interference; obstruction.
c. Angry or heated criticism.
[New Latin staticus, relating to weight, from Greek statikos, causing to stand, from statos, standing; see stā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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