A*stat"ic (#), a. [Pref. a- not + static.] Magnetism

Having little or no tendency to take a fixed or definite position or direction: thus, a suspended magnetic needle, when rendered astatic, loses its polarity, or tendency to point in a given direction.

Astatic pair Magnetism, a pair of magnetic needles so mounted as to be nearly or quite astatic, as in some galvanometers.


© Webster 1913.

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