General English

General Science

  • adjective not changing, moving or growing


  • adjective used to describe data that does not change with time
  • adjective used to describe a system that is not dynamic


  • Having no motion, activity, change, or the like. For example, that which is fixed, set, at rest, or idle.
  • Pertaining to static electricity.
  • Unwanted and distracting random noises, such as hissing and crackling, which affect the quality of a received radio signal. Said especially of such noise resulting from spherics.
  • Any disturbance, such as crackling heard from a speaker or specks seen on a TV screen, which is a result of random radio noise.

Media Studies

  • adjective referring to a medium in art which does not involve drama and movement, such as sculpture, photography or painting.
  • adjective relating to or caused by electrical interference in a radio or television broadcast
  • noun electrical interference in a radio or television broadcast, causing a crackling noise or disruption of a picture


  • adjective not moving, in a fixed position


  • noun criticism or hostile interference. A respectable slang term inspired by the standard sense of an electrical disturbance or interference. The suggestion is typically of opposition from various quarters that threatens to frustrate a scheme.

Origin & History of “static”

Static means etymologically ‘causing to stand’. Its ultimate ancestor is Greek statós ‘placed, standing’, a derivative of the base *sta- ‘stand’ (to which English stand is related). from this was derived statikós ‘causing to stand’, which passed into English via Latin staticus.