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Modern Latin staticus, from Ancient Greek στατικός (statikós), from ἱστάναι (histánai, to make stand).



static (not comparable)

  1. Unchanging; that cannot or does not change.
  2. Immobile; fixed in place; having no motion.
    • 2011 October 1, Tom Fordyce, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 16-12 Scotland”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      England were ponderous with ball in hand, their runners static when taking the ball and their lines obvious, while their front row struggled badly in the scrum.
  3. (programming) Computed, created or allocated before the program starts running, and usually not changeable at runtime



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static (countable and uncountable, plural statics)

  1. (uncountable) Interference on a broadcast signal caused by atmospheric disturbances; heard as crackles on radio, or seen as random specks on television.
    • 1976, Boating (volume 40, numbers 1-2, page 152)
      The FCC says it decided to attempt standardization of VHF receivers after getting "thousands of complaints" from disgruntled boatmen who found their sets brought in mostly a lot of garble and static.
  2. (by extension, uncountable) Interference or obstruction from people.
  3. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (uncountable) Something that is not part of any perceived universe phenomena, having no motion, no particle, and no wavelength.
  4. (uncountable) Static electricity.
  5. (countable) A static caravan.
  6. (countable, programming) A static variable.

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