Definition of static in 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A typical static movement would be pushing against a wall and holding it.’
    • ‘The ground-floor open area is casual and spacious - ideal for families - with its static umbrellas and fixed seating.’
    • ‘This makes sense, Accomando says, because market rents are relatively static, fixed by the competition in the marketplace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So we have a relatively static market and customers are spoilt for choice.’
    • ‘In the end I think the transition won't be one from modern to postmodern but from relatively static to near constant cultural change.’
    • ‘‘Traditional’ art is not something that was ever static and unchanging.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But since global markets are not static and needs and priorities always shift with time, trade diversification is a foregone necessity for any economy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have been confident because a market isn't static.’
    • ‘Cooling housing market and stable economy mean static interest rates.’
    • ‘It featured photo-realistic environments portrayed using static viewpoints and slideshow-style movements.’
    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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘First, we use objdump to retrieve all static variables, for this is where the encryption key and the encrypted shell text are stored.’
      • ‘This creates a static variable of the type struct file system type called pcihpfs fs type and initializes some of the structure's fields.’
      • ‘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.’
    • ‘The average forces may be considered as static forces and are used for evaluation of the balance condition of the cutting structure.'’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1 (of an electric charge) having gathered on or in an object that cannot conduct a current.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These electrons are then accelerated by a static electric field towards a fluorescent screen.’
      • ‘Instead, it had an electrical feel to it, like a static charge.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 2.2 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.’
    3. 2.3 Of statics.
  • 3Computing
    (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.’


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

    • ‘The connection hissed and buzzed with static that the computers should have been able to filter out.’
    • ‘It was dusk, the city an orange glow on the horizon, and intermittent bursts of static on the radio.’
    • ‘Recently he has become interested in EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena), detecting voices from the spirit world buried in radio static or white noise.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I pause and listen anxiously to the static on the radio.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I found him eventually on an obscure community station that kept breaking up with static and interference from taxi drivers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This survey examined the frequency of dropped calls, service area coverage, static on cell phone calls and busy circuits.’
    • ‘Jonah opened his eyes and the voice in his mind instantly became a squeal of static that hissed and crackled.’
    • ‘Her question was interrupted by a sudden spit of crackle and static from her radio.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was a crackle of radio static before all four sniper teams responded with a simple: ‘Roger.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Through the crackling static we hear a radio DJ speaking Taiwanese.’
    • ‘Then a crackle of radio static came back through your earpiece: ‘Deployed, sir!’’
    • ‘She can hear herself panting from exertion, the sound like static in the earpiece.’
    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’


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.