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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This makes sense, Accomando says, because market rents are relatively static, fixed by the competition in the marketplace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So we have a relatively static market and customers are spoilt for choice.’
    • ‘I have been confident because a market isn't static.’
    • ‘Cooling housing market and stable economy mean static interest rates.’
    • ‘But since global markets are not static and needs and priorities always shift with time, trade diversification is a foregone necessity for any economy.’
    • ‘Such a situation is never static, because change keeps taking place all the time, and it is back to outlandish styles once again.’
    • ‘Language is not static, it changes with time and the times.’
    • ‘It featured photo-realistic environments portrayed using static viewpoints and slideshow-style movements.’
    • ‘But - as I know from my own experience at the moment - the housing market in London is almost static.’
    • ‘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 land is scaped, first and foremost, through bodily movement, not through static enframement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Traditional’ art is not something that was ever static and unchanging.’
    • ‘In the end I think the transition won't be one from modern to postmodern but from relatively static to near constant cultural change.’
    • ‘The ground-floor open area is casual and spacious - ideal for families - with its static umbrellas and fixed seating.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A typical static movement would be pushing against a wall and holding it.’
    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.
      • ‘Public interfaces are documented in separate header files, and private functions are static so they remain in file scope.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2Physics
    Concerned with bodies at rest or forces in equilibrium.

    Often contrasted with dynamic
    • ‘Additionally, the static measurements lack the viscous component of the force value, which is present in dynamic measurements.’
    • ‘The average forces may be considered as static forces and are used for evaluation of the balance condition of the cutting structure.'’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
      • ‘The laser beam for Raman excitation was focused to a static diffraction limited spot in the center of the focal plane.’
      • ‘In static weight, the reduction of every ounce of the wheels weight is equal to four ounces on the sprung part.’
      • ‘An rf coil is positioned to optimize its interaction with the static magnetic field.’
    2. 2.2 Relating to statics.
  • 3(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.’
    • ‘Instead, it had an electrical feel to it, like a static charge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, be aware that poured beads are extremely light-weight and take a static electric charge very easily.’
    • ‘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.’


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

    • ‘I pause and listen anxiously to the static on the radio.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Through the crackling static we hear a radio DJ speaking Taiwanese.’
    • ‘As she walked, static could be heard over the PA system.’
    • ‘There was a crackle of radio static before all four sniper teams responded with a simple: ‘Roger.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Recently he has become interested in EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena), detecting voices from the spirit world buried in radio static or white noise.’
    • ‘I found him eventually on an obscure community station that kept breaking up with static and interference from taxi drivers.’
    • ‘And since the collection systems and analysts all remained static, the stovepipes could remain unchanged for decades.’
    • ‘It was dusk, the city an orange glow on the horizon, and intermittent bursts of static on the radio.’
    • ‘Jonah opened his eyes and the voice in his mind instantly became a squeal of static that hissed and crackled.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The connection hissed and buzzed with static that the computers should have been able to filter out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is supposedly how the dead can contact the living through the detuned noise of modern equipment, such as radio static and television snow.’
    • ‘This survey examined the frequency of dropped calls, service area coverage, static on cell phone calls and busy circuits.’
    1. 1.1
      • ‘Her computer was on, humming the usual electric static that always seemed to bug her.’
      • ‘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.’
    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.