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Definition a state of inactivity — often resulting from a balance between opposing forces

More rarely, stasis can refer to an abnormal state in which the normal flow of a liquid (such as blood) is slowed or stopped.
  • She argues that we must not settle for the current economic stasis.
  • They have reached a point of stasis in their relationship.
  • He is suggesting hope and change in opposition to despair and stasis.
  • Known as the poet of stasis, he puts one of his heroes, literally, in an ash can.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • It means certainly a stasis and not a kinesis.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • The sound of the clock striking two seemed to spur her out of her stasis.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • In the police mortuary, displayed on an air-cushion in the stasis-freeze, the corpse was a mangled figure with dead white skin and a flaming red beard.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Just place a stasis on them once you're sure they are dead.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • It kept him in a dangerous stasis of nostalgia and regret and horror.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • In the last moments of his dying coma he was locked in a stasis field which keeps him in a state of perpetual unchangingness.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Their history is replete with examples of very fast technological advance mixed with periods of relative stasis.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Had I been in some kind of stasis?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • He liked the community's stasis, its plebeian virtues and unassuming mien.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • To a cow ruminating in a field, the world was a vast green comfortable stasis, and then at evening, when choretime came, the world was a great swollenness.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • I know what I'm talking about; they did the same thing for Hank Robbin's great grandfather and he died anyhow, right after they took him out of the stasis.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • The fluorescent light fixture above his bed had been left on, and beneath its cool, icy cast, he appeared as if he were alive but being preserved in a kind of science-fictional stasis, his hair unevenly matted from sleep, his skin dull of sheen, the beeps and hums of the machines standing in for the sounds of his living.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • They left stasis a week ago and Daddy came out of the hospital today.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • It produces also a stasis of the mind.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • That you're frozen in stasis.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Medical techniques had developed in two years, not a pessimistic twenty; it had been possible to relax the stasis, operate, and restore Mr. Walker to the world.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky

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