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[hahy-druh-stat-ik] /ˌhaɪ drəˈstæt ɪk/
of or pertaining to hydrostatics.
Also, hydrostatical.
1665-75; hydro-1 + static
Related forms
hydrostatically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hydrostatic
  • If the boat sinks, a hydrostatic sensor automatically releases the life raft from the canister and causes the raft to inflate.
  • Those objects in hydrostatic equilibrium are different from those that are not.
  • It is also possible that hydrostatic sealing has kept the lake truly isolated for millions of years.
  • The problem with plugging the leak as you suggest is not the hydrostatic pressure at the ocean floor.
  • There's little to no hydrostatic pressure, so the enclosure material can be pretty flimsy.
  • Boiling point increases with depth given hydrostatic pressure.
  • The whole shebang reaches a kind of balance called hydrostatic equilibrium.
  • The explosives themselves were not sufficient to destroy the structure: hydrostatic stress was also required.
  • Well, first thing is is it round or gravitationally in hydrostatic equilibrium.
British Dictionary definitions for hydrostatic


of or concerned with fluids that are not in motion: hydrostatic pressure
of or concerned with hydrostatics
Derived Forms
hydrostatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for hydrostatic

1670s, from Greek hydro- "water" (see water (n.1)) + statikos "making to stand" (see static).

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hydrostatic in Medicine

hydrostatic hy·dro·stat·ic (hī'drə-stāt'ĭk) or hy·dro·stat·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
Of or relating to fluids at rest or under pressure.

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