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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Astatic  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  astatic 
  adj  :  not  static  or  stable 




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