state

Definitions

General English

  • noun the way

    something

    or

    someone

    is at a

    specific

    time
  • noun one of the parts of a

    federal

    country

General Science

  • noun any form or

    quantifiable

    condition in which a

    physical

    substance

    can be, depending on its temperature and other circumstances

Aviation

  • verb to say or to mention, or to give information clearly

Banking

  • noun a semi-

    independent

    section of a federal country such as the US

Electronics

  • A description of the conditions or circumstances of a

    particle

    ,

    entity

    , or system, which encompasses one or more key attributes. Also, such a state. For example, a

    ground state

    , an

    excited state

    , or a

    quantum state

    .
  • The condition in which a

    component

    , circuit, device, piece of

    equipment

    , system, material, process, or

    setting

    is in at a given moment. For example, and

    idle state

    , or a

    logic state

    .
  • The condition in which a

    computer program

    , device, system,

    setting

    ,

    sequence

    , or the like is in at a given moment.

Information & Library Science

  • adjective relating to government-run organisations

Medical

  • noun the condition of something or of a person

Military

  • noun an independent community of people, with its own

    territory

    ,

    government

    and

    armed forces

    .

Politics

  • noun the

    political

    system of a country represented by its

    government

Slang

  • noun a mess, disaster. This word became an all-purpose vogue term in London working-class speech of the early 1970s. The

    original

    notion of ‘to be in a (bit of a) state’ was transformed so that state (two and eight in rhyming slang) came to refer to the individual rather than the situation.

Origin & History of “state”

State comes, partly via Old French estat (source of

English

estate),

from

Latin status ‘way of standing, condition, position’,

which

was formed from the

same

base as stāre ‘stand’ (a distant relative of English stand). The word’s political sense, ‘body politic’,

first

recorded in the 16th century, comes from Latin expressions

such

as status rei publicae ‘condition of the republic’ and status civitatis ‘condition of the body politic’. The

verb

state originally meant ‘put, place’; its

modern

meaning ‘declare’ arose from the notion of ‘placing’ something on record, setting it out in detail. English borrowed status itself in the 17th century.
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