noun

  • 1Crackling or hissing noises on a telephone, radio, or other telecommunications system.

    • ‘They arrived at the control room with the crackle and static of the incoming message filling the air and everyone froze as the chilling words issued forth.’
    • ‘Upon realising that he wouldn't be done any time soon she once again pulled out the radio to be met with the same static.’
    • ‘And since the collection systems and analysts all remained static, the stovepipes could remain unchanged for decades.’
    • ‘As she walked, static could be heard over the PA system.’
    • ‘The connection hissed and buzzed with static that the computers should have been able to filter out.’
    • ‘Through the crackling static we hear a radio DJ speaking Taiwanese.’
    • ‘I found him eventually on an obscure community station that kept breaking up with static and interference from taxi drivers.’
    • ‘Her question was interrupted by a sudden spit of crackle and static from her radio.’
    • ‘Then a crackle of radio static came back through your earpiece: ‘Deployed, sir!’’
    • ‘Derive, a solo dance piece by Peters, demonstrated that even the static of a radio being tuned to random frequencies was ample reason to dance as her improvised movements filled the space.’
    • ‘I pause and listen anxiously to the static on the radio.’
    • ‘Jonah opened his eyes and the voice in his mind instantly became a squeal of static that hissed and crackled.’
    • ‘As I walk down the stairs, my feet cold and longing for my blanket (I'm never cold), I hear the static of the radio changing.’
    • ‘She can hear herself panting from exertion, the sound like static in the earpiece.’
    • ‘This survey examined the frequency of dropped calls, service area coverage, static on cell phone calls and busy circuits.’
    • ‘There was a crackle of radio static before all four sniper teams responded with a simple: ‘Roger.’’
    • ‘Recently he has become interested in EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena), detecting voices from the spirit world buried in radio static or white noise.’
    • ‘It was dusk, the city an orange glow on the horizon, and intermittent bursts of static on the radio.’
    • ‘There does some to be some residual analog hiss or static under the audio most of the time, but it is minimal, especially for a film of this age.’
    • ‘This is supposedly how the dead can contact the living through the detuned noise of modern equipment, such as radio static and television snow.’
    1. 1.1
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2North American informal Angry or critical talk or behavior.
      ‘the reception was going sour, breaking up into static’