• WordNet 3.6
    • n statice any of various plants of the genus Limonium of temperate salt marshes having spikes of white or mauve flowers
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you pet a cat 70 million times, you will have developed enough static electricity to light a 60-watt light bulb for one minute.
    • n statice A genus of gamopetalous plants, of the order Plambagineæ, type of the tribe Staticeæ. It is characterized by its acaulescent or tufted herbaceous or somewhat shrubby habit, flat alternate leaves, inflorescence commonly cymose and composed of one-sided spikes, stamens but slightly united to the petals, and styles distinct to the angles of the ovary, with capitate, oblong, or linear stigmas. Over 120 species have been described, natives of the sea-shore and of desert sands, mostly of the Old World, and of the northern hemisphere, especially of the Mediterranean region. A smaller number occur in America, South Africa, tropical Asia, and Australia. They are usually perennials; a few are diminutive loosely branched shrubs. They are smooth or covered with scurf or dust. The leaves vary from linear to obovate, and from entire to pinnatifld or dissected; they form a rosette at the root, or are crowded or scattered upon the branches. The short-pedicelled corolla consists of five nearly or quite distinct petals with long claws, and is commonly surrounded by a funnel-shaped calyx which is ten-ribbed below, and scarious, plicate, and colored above, but usually of a different color from the corolla, which is often white with a purple or lavender calyx and purplish-brown pedicel. They are known in general as sea-lavender. The common European S. Limonium is also sometimes called marsh-beet from its purplish root; it is the red behen of the old apothecaries. Its American variety, Caroliniana, the marsh-rosemary of the coast from Newfoundland to Texas, is also known as canker-root, from the use as an astringent of its large bitter fleshy root, which also contains tannic acid (whence its name ink-root). The very large roots of S. latifolia are used for tanning in Russia and Spain, and those of S. mucronata as a nervine in Morocco under the name of safrifa. Other species also form valued remedies, as S. Brasiliensis, the guaycura of Brazil and southward. Many species are cultivated for their beauty, as S. latifolia, and S. arborescens, a shrub from the Canaries. In Afghanistan, where several species grow in desert regions, they form a source of fuel.
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In literature:

But when I saw the pit of Statics, I said Good-bye, Farewell, Amen!
"The Scarlet Gown being verses by a St. Andrews Man" by R. F. Murray
Nothing but static and silence greeted him.
"Treachery in Outer Space" by Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
An instantaneous space is static, being related to the static nature at an instant.
"The Concept of Nature" by Alfred North Whitehead
Statice latifolia, 280; S. profusa, 281.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
Our universe is no longer a static thing; it is growing and changing.
"Modern Religious Cults and Movements" by Gaius Glenn Atkins
The menace of Bert Morrison was static, so to speak.
"The Cow Puncher" by Robert J. C. Stead
He had never known such statics.
"The Man Who Rocked the Earth" by Arthur Train
Messages coming from the storm's direction would be greatly disturbed by static.
"Curlie Carson Listens In" by Roy J. Snell
It just makes a kind of meaningless static nobody can trace.
"Badge of Infamy" by Lester del Rey
The radio was silent except for an occasional frying-fat crackle of static.
"Four-Day Planet" by Henry Beam Piper

In poetry:

Penguin, static traveler,
deliberate priest of the cold,
I salute your vertical salt
and envy your plumed pride.
"Magellanic Penguin" by Pablo Neruda
So, nine-tenths asleep, motionless, bored, and statically
He saw in a shaft of light a lamb on a pinnacle, balancing a
flag on its paw.
And he was thoroughly startled.
"St. Mark" by D H Lawrence
Thunder? Why, no. Some static, may have been --
A far, faint rumble and a glimmering light.
This, and no more, John, have we heard and seen,
We watchers in the dark politic night.
"Jove's Opportunity" by C J Dennis
Ask not if it's god or devil,
Brethren, lest your words imply
Static norms of good and evil
(As in Plato) throned on high;
Such scholastic, inelastic,
Abstract yardsticks we deny.
"Evolutionary Hymn" by C S Lewis

In news:

An inspirational spot from the November 2012 edition of our newsletter, The Nome Static: Every night , I turn my troubles over to God.
BP readies for static kill.
(static) on akl_a1 at 01 Sep 2012 13:45:28 Processing Time: 342ms.
(static) on akl_n3 at 30 Aug 2012 06:40:58 Processing Time: 679ms.
0 Posted June 22, 2011 by Static in News.
Alex Cuba will tune out 'Static,' turn on soul in L.A.-area shows.
0 Posted November 2, 2011 by Static in News.
Sunny 101.9 WKQS will be live at the Marquette County Fire Department Static Display at Harlow Park.
Marquette County Fire Department Static Display at Harlow Park in Marquette from 10am to Noon Today – Sunny 101.9 WKQS.
0 Posted July 11, 2012 by STATIC in News.
All these symmetries involve static forms.
Since they will offer active sector ETFs , they'd better outperform the static sector index ETFs from iShares.
However, overall rates of risky behavior remain static.
Wayne Static's Pighammer Mixes New Sound with Familiarity .
Wayne Static, of Static-X fame, is finding success with his recent solo album, Pighammer.

In science:

Much of the study of string theory solutions has been devoted to static backgrounds, and many static compactifications preserving at least a fraction of supersymmetry are relatively well understood.
Causal Structure of d=5 Vacua and Axisymmetric Spacetimes
When dealing with classical mechanics problems 4DO was proven to be equivalent to general relativity in all situations characterized by static isotropic metrics and this equivalence is most likely extendable to all static metric situations.
An hypersphere model of the Universe - The dismissal of dark matter
In the case of the motion of a test particle in a conformally symmetric, static spherically symmetric space-time, with a non-static vector field generating the symmetry, the metric coefficient exp (ν ) is given by Eq. (20).
Can the galactic rotation curves be explained in brane world models?
The key point is that the static gauge in global coordinate is no longer to be static one in Poincar´e coordinate.
Spinning Strings on Deformed AdS_5 x T^{1,1} with NS B-field
Spohn confirms that his “energy balance” equation (which is the basis of his argument) requires the assumption (unstated in ) that there exists a Lorentz frame in which the potentials are static (i.e., time -independent), and hence the field F is static.
Comment on Phys. Rev. D 60 084017 "Classical self-force" by F. Rohrlich