Definition of static in English:

static

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Pronunciation: /ˈstatɪk
 
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adjective

  • 1Lacking in movement, action, or change, especially in an undesirable or uninteresting way: demand has grown in what was a fairly static market the whole ballet appeared too static
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    • The land is scaped, first and foremost, through bodily movement, not through static enframement.
    • A typical static movement would be pushing against a wall and holding it.
    • I have been confident because a market isn't static.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 Computing (Of a process or variable) not able to be changed during a set period, for example while a program is running.
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    • First, we use objdump to retrieve all static variables, for this is where the encryption key and the encrypted shell text are stored.
    • It sets up a static variable called addr data based on the number of different types of chips that this driver supports and the addresses at which these chips typically are present.
    • The bounds checking patches for GCC can check local and static variables in C modules, which makes it much more powerful than a malloc debug library.
  • 2 Physics Concerned with bodies at rest or forces in equilibrium. Often contrasted with dynamic.
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    • The body exerts forces normal to the direction of travel that result in a static friction force against which the rest of the body can be pushed or pulled.
    • To get the upper surface sliding, a lateral force has to lift the teeth out of the grooves - that force is static friction.
    • The average forces may be considered as static forces and are used for evaluation of the balance condition of the cutting structure.'
  • 2.1Acting as weight but not moving.
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    • In static weight, the reduction of every ounce of the wheels weight is equal to four ounces on the sprung part.
    • To make sure, they reduced the static magnetic field, thereby displacing the resonant slice and, with it, the separation needed between tip and spin.
    • The laser beam for Raman excitation was focused to a static diffraction limited spot in the center of the focal plane.
  • 2.2Relating to statics.
  • 3(Of an electric charge) having gathered on or in an object that cannot conduct a current: the film is vulnerable to the collection of static charges
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    • One possible explanation for the asymmetric conductance is the static charge distribution in the channel interior.
    • However, be aware that poured beads are extremely light-weight and take a static electric charge very easily.
    • Instead, it had an electrical feel to it, like a static charge.
  • 4 Computing (Of a memory or store) not needing to be periodically refreshed by an applied voltage.
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    • Method of emulating a dual-port memory device using an internally cached static random access memory architecture
    • We wrote a Perl script to perform most of the conversion automatically, fixing a few details by hand and changing memory allocations from static to dynamic.

noun

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  • 1Crackling or hissing noises on a telephone, radio, or other telecommunication system: the phone was full of static that sounded distant
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    • Through the crackling static we hear a radio DJ speaking Taiwanese.
    • Jonah opened his eyes and the voice in his mind instantly became a squeal of static that hissed and crackled.
    • Recently he has become interested in EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena), detecting voices from the spirit world buried in radio static or white noise.
  • 1.1 short for static electricity. she felt the tingle of static from the cat’s fur
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    • Through the electrical static of a massive storm, he finds himself talking to a man who claims to be a firefighter and who appears to be awaiting the World Series of 1969.
    • Her computer was on, humming the usual electric static that always seemed to bug her.
  • 1.2North American informal Angry or critical talk or behaviour: the reception was going sour, breaking up into static

Derivatives

statically

adverb
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  • Nothing captures how statically we used to see the Internet as well as ‘information highway,’ an old phrase that embodies pure linearity and the smell of asphalt.
  • Yet almost unnoticed, Scotland statically boast the most successful line out in the tournament with the highest percentage of wins on their own throw and most steals against the opposition.
  • This result indicates that water molecules are not statically associated with the interface, but continuously exchange with the bulk solvent on a 1-10-ps time scale.

Origin

late 16th century (denoting the science of weight and its effects): via modern Latin from Greek statikē (tekhnē) 'science of weighing'; the adjective from modern Latin staticus, from Greek statikos 'causing to stand', from the verb histanai. Sense 1 of the adjective dates from the mid 19th century.

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