|an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.|
|a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.|
|1.||not active or moving; stationary|
|2.||(of a weight, force, or pressure) acting but causing no movement|
|3.||Compare dynamic of or concerned with forces that do not produce movement|
|4.||relating to or causing stationary electric charges; electrostatic|
|5.||of or relating to interference in the reception of radio or television transmissions|
|6.||of or concerned with statics|
|7.||sociol characteristic of or relating to a society that has reached a state of equilibrium so that no changes are taking place|
|8.||computing Compare dynamic (of a memory) not needing its contents refreshed periodically|
|9.||random hissing or crackling or a speckled picture caused by the interference of electrical disturbances in the reception of radio or television transmissions|
|10.||electric sparks or crackling produced by friction|
|[C16: from New Latin staticus, from Greek statikos causing to stand, from histanai to stand, put on the scales]|
|(functioning as singular) Compare dynamics the branch of mechanics concerned with the forces that produce a state of equilibrium in a system of bodies|
|static (stāt'ĭk) Pronunciation Key
Noun Distortion or interruption of a broadcast signal, such as crackling or noise in a receiver or specks on a television screen, often produced when background electromagnetic radiation in the atmosphere disturbs signal reception or when there are loose connections in the transmission or reception circuits.
in physics, the subdivision of mechanics that is concerned with the forces that act on bodies at rest under equilibrium conditions. Its foundations were laid more than 2,200 years ago by the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes and others while studying the force-amplifying properties of simple machines such as the lever and the axle. The methods and results of the science of statics have proved especially useful in designing buildings, bridges, and dams, as well as cranes and other similar mechanical devices. To be able to calculate the dimensions of such structures and machines, architects and engineers must first determine the forces that act on their interconnected parts. Statics provides the analytical and graphical procedures needed to identify and describe these unknown forces.
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