Definition of statics in English:


plural noun

  • 1usually treated as singular The branch of mechanics concerned with bodies at rest and forces in equilibrium.

    Compare with dynamics (sense 1)
    • ‘At the University of Berlin Joachimsthal taught courses on analytic geometry and calculus, giving more advanced courses on the theory of surfaces, the calculus of variations, statics and analytic mechanics.’
    • ‘He had published a number of works on geometry, mechanics and statics beginning with Eléments de statique in 1803 and following this with: -’
    • ‘He also studied applications of mechanics and statics to geometric systems.’
    • ‘He strongly adhered to the principle that more force was required to move a weight than was required to keep it in motion, so dynamics and statics had to be two separate subjects.’
    • ‘Motion is much harder to measure than the weights and distances which concern statics, besides which the causes of motion, which alone interested physicists, were not obtainable through measurements.’
    • ‘Another is that, as active participants in statics - for example, when we hold up a weight - we definitely feel we are doing something, even though no mechanical work is performed.’
    • ‘Poisson ended the section on statics with the principle of virtual velocities, and like de Prony he put forward d' Alembert's principle as the ‘general principle’ of dynamics.’
    • ‘At the time of his death he was working on problems in kinematics, having earlier studied statics and in particular the catenary.’
    • ‘In astronomy Thabit was one of the first reformers of the Ptolemaic system, and in mechanics he was a founder of statics.’
    • ‘Yet, one would also have to judge that it was simply too difficult to develop both statics and dynamics, given the then-available tools.’
    • ‘The assumption also formed part of Lagrange's aim of reducing dynamics to statics, whereas those of Carnot's persuasion saw statics as a special case of dynamics.’
    • ‘Angeli examined fluid statics based on Archimedes' principle and Torricelli's experiments.’
    • ‘Newton's synthesis - vastly elaborated and extended to statics and dynamics, to liquids and gases as well as to solids - remained the basis of physics for the next 200 years.’
  • 2

    another term for static