meaning of astatic

astatic meaning in General Dictionary

Having little or no habit of just take a set or definite place or course therefore a suspended magnetized needle when rendered astatic manages to lose its polarity or tendency to point in certain way

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  • not fixed or stable
  • Having little if any tendency to take a set or definite position or course: hence, a suspended magnetized needle, whenever rendered astatic, loses its polarity, or tendency to part of certain course.

astatic meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1827, from Greek astatos "unstable, perhaps not steadfast," from a-, privative prefix (see a- (3)), + statos "placed, standing," from PIE root *sta- (see stet).


astatic meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Having minimal habit of just take a hard and fast or definite position or way: thus, a suspended magnetized needle, whenever rendered astatic, manages to lose its polarity, or tendency to point in a given direction.


Sentence Examples with the word astatic

Attention was first directed to the possibility of rendering ordinary pendulums more truly astatic by Professor Thomas Gray, who suggested methods by which this might be accomplished.

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