adj. & n.
adj. 1 stationary; not acting or changing; passive. 2 Physics a concerned with bodies at rest or forces in equilibrium (opp. DYNAMIC). b acting as weight but not moving (static pressure). c of statics.
n. 1 static electricity. 2 atmospherics. static electricity electricity not flowing as a current. static line a length of cord attached to an aircraft etc. which releases a parachute without the use of a ripcord.
[ mod.L staticus f. Gk statikos f. sta- stand ]