Definition of static in US English:



  • 1Lacking in movement, action, or change, especially in a way viewed as undesirable or uninteresting.

    ‘demand has grown in what was a fairly static market’
    ‘the whole ballet appeared too static’
    • ‘This makes sense, Accomando says, because market rents are relatively static, fixed by the competition in the marketplace.’
    • ‘Cooling housing market and stable economy mean static interest rates.’
    • ‘‘Traditional’ art is not something that was ever static and unchanging.’
    • ‘It consists of static shots of cities sped up and gradually sped up further until near the end of the sequence it is difficult to work out what you are seeing.’
    • ‘Such a situation is never static, because change keeps taking place all the time, and it is back to outlandish styles once again.’
    • ‘The land is scaped, first and foremost, through bodily movement, not through static enframement.’
    • ‘Language is not static, it changes with time and the times.’
    • ‘This type of simplistic abstract stratification of the world economy and power subordinates the dynamic of class relations to a static distribution of market shares.’
    • ‘The future of Haworth Riding for the Disabled was secured yesterday when councillors passed plans to allow a static caravan on the stable's site.’
    • ‘But since global markets are not static and needs and priorities always shift with time, trade diversification is a foregone necessity for any economy.’
    • ‘In the end I think the transition won't be one from modern to postmodern but from relatively static to near constant cultural change.’
    • ‘So we have a relatively static market and customers are spoilt for choice.’
    • ‘It featured photo-realistic environments portrayed using static viewpoints and slideshow-style movements.’
    • ‘He goes on to explain that while the Irish milk market has remained relatively static in recent years, consumers' needs and wants for milk have changed quite dramatically.’
    • ‘A typical static movement would be pushing against a wall and holding it.’
    • ‘I have been confident because a market isn't static.’
    • ‘But - as I know from my own experience at the moment - the housing market in London is almost static.’
    • ‘Too many marketing plans fail because they make assumptions about a static market, when in fact they are dynamic with a changing composition of segments and of firms who supply to those segments.’
    • ‘The convergence of a static camera and movement in depth also provides the film with one of its stranger allusions, and certainly its most unexpected lesson.’
    • ‘The ground-floor open area is casual and spacious - ideal for families - with its static umbrellas and fixed seating.’
    unchanged, fixed, stable, steady, unchanging, changeless, unvarying, invariable, constant, consistent, uniform, undeviating
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    1. 1.1Computing (of a process or variable) not able to be changed during a set period, for example while a program is running.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This creates a static variable of the type struct file system type called pcihpfs fs type and initializes some of the structure's fields.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Public interfaces are documented in separate header files, and private functions are static so they remain in file scope.’
  • 2Physics
    Concerned with bodies at rest or forces in equilibrium.

    Often contrasted with dynamic
    • ‘To get the upper surface sliding, a lateral force has to lift the teeth out of the grooves - that force is static friction.’
    • ‘Additionally, the static measurements lack the viscous component of the force value, which is present in dynamic measurements.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The average forces may be considered as static forces and are used for evaluation of the balance condition of the cutting structure.'’
    1. 2.1 Acting as weight but not moving.
      • ‘To make sure, they reduced the static magnetic field, thereby displacing the resonant slice and, with it, the separation needed between tip and spin.’
      • ‘An rf coil is positioned to optimize its interaction with the static magnetic field.’
      • ‘In static weight, the reduction of every ounce of the wheels weight is equal to four ounces on the sprung part.’
      • ‘The laser beam for Raman excitation was focused to a static diffraction limited spot in the center of the focal plane.’
    2. 2.2 Relating to statics.
  • 3(of an electric charge) having gathered on or in an object that cannot conduct a current.

    • ‘One of the limiting features of this study was that it was conducted in a static situation with the subject sitting in a chair waiting for a test sign to be exposed for a finite time.’
    • ‘First, acid etching of the electrode surfaces produces tiny cavities and craters that greatly expand the surface area across which a static charge can be held.’
    • ‘Instead, it had an electrical feel to it, like a static charge.’
    • ‘However, be aware that poured beads are extremely light-weight and take a static electric charge very easily.’
    • ‘One possible explanation for the asymmetric conductance is the static charge distribution in the channel interior.’
    • ‘These electrons are then accelerated by a static electric field towards a fluorescent screen.’
  • 4Computing
    (of a memory or store) not needing to be periodically refreshed by an applied voltage.

    • ‘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.’


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.