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STATIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does static mean? 

STATIC (noun)
  The noun STATIC has 2 senses:

1. a crackling or hissing noise cause by electrical interference
2. angry criticism

  Familiarity information: STATIC used as a noun is rare.


STATIC (adjective)
  The adjective STATIC has 4 senses:

1. not active or moving
2. not in physical motion
3. concerned with or producing or caused by static electricity
4. showing little if any change

  Familiarity information: STATIC used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


STATIC (noun)


Sense 1static [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A crackling or hissing noise cause by electrical interference

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

atmospheric static; atmospherics; static

Hypernyms ("static" is a kind of...):

disturbance; interference; noise (electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "static"):

radio noise (static at radio wavelengths)


Sense 2static [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Angry criticism

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

they will probably give you a lot of static about your editorial

Hypernyms ("static" is a kind of...):

criticism; unfavorable judgment (disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings)


STATIC (adjective)


Sense 1static [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not active or moving

Synonyms:

unchanging; static

Context examples:

a static village community and a completely undynamic type of agriculture / static feudal societies

Similar:

adynamic; undynamic (characterized by an absence of force or forcefulness)


Sense 2static [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not in physical motion

Synonyms:

motionless; still; static; inactive

Context example:

the inertia of an object at rest

Similar:

nonmoving; unmoving (not in motion)


Sense 3static [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Concerned with or producing or caused by static electricity

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

electrostatic; static

Context example:

an electrostatic generator produces high-voltage static electricity

Pertainym:

static electricity (electricity produced by friction)


Sense 4static [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Showing little if any change

Synonyms:

unchanging; static; stable

Context example:

a static population

Similar:

unchangeable (not changeable or subject to change)


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