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Modern Latin staticus, from Ancient Greek στατικός (statikós), from ἵστημι (hístēmi, to make stand). By surface analysis, stasis +‎ -tic.



static (not comparable)

  1. Unchanging; that cannot or does not change.
    Synonym: stable
    Antonym: dynamic
    • 2012, Chinle Miller, In Mesozoic Lands: The Mesozoic Geology of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Kindle edition:
      It's important to know that the Earth's crust is in no manner a stable and static place.
  2. Making no progress; stalled, without movement or advancement.
  3. Immobile; fixed in place; having no motion.
    Synonyms: stable, still
    Antonyms: dynamic, kinetic, mobile, moving
    • 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.
  4. (programming) Computed, created, or allocated before the program starts running, as opposed to at runtime.
    Antonyms: dynamic, nonstatic
    • 1980, R. Barbuti, A. Martelli, “Static Type Checking for Languages with Parametric Types and Polymorphic Procedures”, in Proceedings of the Fourth ‘Colloque Internationale sur la Programmation’:
      A further advantage of static type checking is of course computational efficiency, since run time checks are no longer necessary.
    • 1998, Nell B. Dale, Chip Weems, Mark R. Headington, chapter 8, in Programming and Problem Solving with C++:
      A static variable is one whose storage remains allocated for the duration of the entire program. All global variables are static variables.
    • 2019, Ben Piper, David Clinton, chapter 12, in AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Study Guide with Online Labs:
      Despite the term, a static website doesn’t mean one that never changes. Static refers to the fact that the site’s assets—HTML files, graphics, and other downloadable content such as PDF files—are just static files sitting in an S3 bucket.
  5. (object-oriented programming) Defined for the class itself, as opposed to instances of it; thus shared between all instances and accessible even without an instance.

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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.
    Near-synonyms: shash, snow
    The World Series was on, but there was so much static that we could barely even follow the action.
    • 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.
    • 1978, Walter Becker, Donald Fagen (lyrics and music), “FM (No Static at All)”, in FM (soundtrack), performed by Steely Dan:
      The girls don't seem to care tonight / As long as the mood is right / No static at all (no static, no static at all) / FM (no static at all)
    • 2008, BioWare, Mass Effect, Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →ISBN, →OCLC, PC, scene: Ilos:
      Damaged Hologram: --alled Reapers. [static]... the Citadel... [static] ...overwhelmed... [static] ...only hope... [static]...
      Damaged Hologram: --[static] act of desperation... [static] ... the Conduit... [static] ... all is lost [static]
      Damaged Hologram: ...cannot be stopped... [static] ...cannot be stopped... [static]
  2. (figurative, by extension, uncountable) Interference or obstruction from people.
    Coordinate term: runaround
    I was getting a lot of static from the bean counters whenever I tried to proceed.
  3. (uncountable, slang, US) Verbal abuse.
    Near-synonym: flak
    Don't you be giving me any static over it. You know the rules.
    • 1984, Daniel Petrie Jr., Beverly Hills Cop, spoken by Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy), Paramount Pictures:
      You want to start some static?
    • 1998, “What It's Like”, performed by Everlast:
      And then she heads for the clinic and she gets some static walkin' through the doors / They call her a killer, and they call her a sinner, and they call her a whore
  4. (uncountable) Static electricity.
    This stupid carpet is always giving me a shock from the static.
  5. (countable) A static caravan.
  6. (countable, programming) A static variable.
    • 2000, Dov Bulka, David Mayhew, Efficient C++: Performance Programming Techniques, page 149:
      Some compilers will allow statics to be inlined, but then incorrectly create multiple instances of the inlined variable at run-time.

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Borrowed from French statique. By surface analysis, sta (to stay) +‎ -atic.


static m or n (feminine singular statică, masculine plural statici, feminine and neuter plural statice)

  1. static