static electricity


General English

General Science

  • noun electricity that is in a static state and not flowing in a current


  • noun an electrical charge that can build up in a person or electronic component


  • energy in the form of electric charges at rest. Examples include electricity produced by friction or induction, or the electric charge stored in a capacitor. This contrasts with dynamic electricity, which is that produced by electric charges in motion. Under certain circumstances, an amount of static electricity which is undetectable by humans may be sufficient to damage a chip.