• WordNet 3.6
    • n stasis inactivity resulting from a static balance between opposing forces
    • n stasis an abnormal state in which the normal flow of a liquid (such as blood) is slowed or stopped
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: STASI, the East German secret police organization, devised a devilishly clever way to prevent someone from giving them the slip during the Cold War: they managed to synthesize the scent of a female dog in heat, which they applied to the shoes of the person under surveillance. Then they simply had a male dog follow the scent.
    • n Stasis stā"sĭs or stăs"ĭs (Physiol) A slackening or arrest of the blood current in the vessels, due not to a lessening of the heart's beat, but presumably to some abnormal resistance of the capillary walls. It is one of the phenomena observed in the capillaries in inflammation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stasis In pathology, a stopping of the blood in some part of the circulation, as in a part of an inflamed area.
    • n stasis Pl. staseis or stases. In the Gr. Ch., one of the sections (regularly three) of a cathisma, or portion of the psalter. At the end of each stasis Gloria Patri and Alleluia are said. The name probably comes from the pause (στάσ, σ1ις) in the psalmody so made. A stasis usually contains two or three psalms. See cathisma .
    • n stasis In pathology: Same as stagnation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stasis stā′sis the arrest of the blood in its circulation: one of the sections of a cathisma or portion of the psalter.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. sta`sis a standing still
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

I thought I had told you so, Stasie?
"The Merry Men and Other Tales and Fables" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Inspee declares that they call her Stasi for short, but I don't believe that; most likely they call her Anna, but that's so common.
"A Young Girl's Diary" by An Anonymous Young Girl
That, perhaps, is one reason why we come to a period of stasis or retrogression when the time of classical activity is over.
"A History of Science, Volume 1(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
It means certainly a stasis and not a kinesis.
"A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce
STASI'NOS, "son-in-law" of Homer.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
We may very well accept the conception of psychic stasis at the outset.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 1 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
At that time, they reached cultural stasis.
"Temple Trouble" by Henry Beam Piper
Now the zone of force, which is itself a fourth-order phenomenon, sets up a condition of stasis in the particles composing the ether.
"Skylark Three" by Edward Elmer Smith
Instead, well just put him in stasis for a little while, and that'll keep him quiet.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Having thus distracted it from the presence of death, he sank back gratefully into a stasis of no-thought.
"The Short Life" by Francis Donovan

In poetry:

And you, great Stasis . . .
What is so great in that!
Is it a tiger this year, this roar at the door?
It is a Christus,
The awful
"Years" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Stasis Signature Series Audi R8 V-10.
These were the local Stasi agents, sent to spy on the populace.
The thing about Coasting is that momentum equates productivity, not stasis — especially when the goal is organically rolling, low-pressure indie rock with teeth.
Three-time champion Meghan Stasi and Liz Waynick each won two matches Wednesday at Briggs Ranch to advance to the US Women's Mid-Amateur final.
He was accused of seeming to defend actions of the Stasi, the old secret police in East German y, and of using his political influence to buy a large new home from the Government at a price below its market value.
Jahn is shown here in March 2011 at a former Stasi prison at Berlin-Hohenschoenhausen.
When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, East Germany's secret police, the Stasi, frantically tore up millions of files gathered during decades of spying on its own citizens.
The strange stasis that has defined the interim leadership of former executive editor Joseph Lelyveld at The New York Times is almost at an end.
Delhi's Year of Drama and Stasis .
2010 Stasis Audi S4 Challenge Edition Photo Gallery.
Resisting Drought With Stasis .
Meghan Stasi, formerly Bolger, won her fourth title at the 26th US Women's Mid-Amateur Championship.
Stasi, 34, of Oakland Park, Fla.
Far from the purgatorial stasis of the title, Ballet East's program revealed significant journeys.
After a period of stasis, enrollment and interest in the program has recently picked back up.

In science:

Our intention is to both clarify and strengthen similar lower bound methods presented in Chapter 19 of Stasys Jukna’s book, Boolean Function Complexity .
On Lower Bound Methods for Tree-like Cutting Plane Proofs
We thank William Gasarch and Stasys Jukna for useful discussions and proofreading.
On Lower Bound Methods for Tree-like Cutting Plane Proofs
However, Stasi ´nska & Leithere r (1996) have shown that most startbusts and H I I galaxies can be described as being produced by an evolving starburst with an universal initial mass function embedded in a gas cloud of the same metallicity.
AGNs with composite spectra II. Additional data
In these models, the extreme values reached by the λ4686/Hβ ratio are not well reproduced. A number of objects have λ4686/Hβ of the order of 0.2 or more; such high values cannot be accounted for unless the line emitting clouds are matter-bounded (Stasi ´nska 19 84).
AGNs with composite spectra II. Additional data
The large depletion factors of refractory elements such as Fe, Mg and Si (Shields 1978, P ´equignot & Stasi ´nska 1980, Shields 1983, Barlow 1993) and Ca (Aller & Czyzak 1983, Volk et al. 1997) indicate that dust is intimately mixed with the ionized gas.
The temperature structure of dusty planetary nebulae