Static means not moving or changing––it's often used to describe abstract ideas that can't be seen. "The troops were moving all over the country, engaged in skirmishes, but the army's overall position remained static."

Static is easier to remember if you think of the sta- in "standing still" and stationary. Remember what happens when you rub a balloon against your head? That's producing a stationary electric charge, otherwise known as static electricity.

Definitions of static

adj not in physical motion

inactive, motionless, still
nonmoving, unmoving
not in motion

adj showing little if any change

“a static population”
stable, unchanging
not changeable or subject to change

adj concerned with or producing or caused by static electricity


n a crackling or hissing noise caused by electrical interference

atmospheric static, atmospherics
radio noise
static at radio wavelengths
Type of:
disturbance, interference, noise
electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication

n angry criticism

“they will probably give you a lot of static about your editorial”
Type of:
criticism, unfavorable judgment
disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings

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