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static as in:  in a static state

meaning too common or rare to warrant focus:

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  • There was a static-filled silence.   (source)
    static = sound of electrical interference
  • As she turned them, the pages were noisy, like static around the written story.   (source)
    static = unwanted noise
  • The afternoon sky looked peculiar, tinged with yellow, and there was so much static in the air that the babies' soft hair stuck out.   (source)
    static = electrical charge
  • I heard a brief screech of static on the comm channel.   (source)
    static = an unpleasant crackling or hissing sound of electrical interference
  • It made strange noises, not static but a combination of shrieking and wailing.   (source)
  • Louie had mentioned other servicemen who were with him, but the names had been obscured by static, and the transcript hadn't conveyed them with certainty.   (source)
  • He heard the crackle of static from the radios.   (source)
  • During the day I heard them tunneling through the walls of my bedroom, sounding like a radio tuned to static in the next room, and I imagined them in there turning the walls into honeycombs, with honey seeping out for me to taste.   (source)
    static = sound of electrical interference
  • A burp of static on the radio made it hard to hear the boy's last name.   (source)
    static = unwanted noise
  • We're gonna see him and if you give me any static you'll end up on your own operatin' table.   (source)
    static = trouble
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  • The television shows gray static, and the speakers hiss.   (source)
    static = a random dot pixel pattern displayed when no transmission signal is received
  • There's a small burst of static and then nothing more.†   (source)
  • Then, through the noise and static he heard a voice.†   (source)
  • This is most apparent in general relativity: Its static model of the universe negates the dynamic nature of matter.†   (source)
  • When the power had gone out, the local radio stations were still operating, but this morning many of them were static.†   (source)
  • She screams, but her voice is robotic and distorted, as if filtered through radio static.†   (source)
  • He tried the radio and got only static.†   (source)
  • The hours were okay, I could cope with the fact that the uniform made my hair static, but I found it impossible to stick to the "appropriate responses" script, with its "How can I help you today?" and its "Would you like large fries with that?"†   (source)
  • All he heard was static.†   (source)
  • But there was a difference between the folk of the graveyard and this: a raw, flickering, startling shape the grey color of television static, all panic and naked emotion which flooded the Owenses as if it was their own.†   (source)
  • Static buzzes from my earpiece.†   (source)
  • His hair stood on end despite the ripping wind, the static in the air raging and prickly as flying needles.†   (source)
  • They create static electricity, which can actually pull particles from the hand.†   (source)
  • It would be dangerous to us if we had static while setting up.†   (source)
  • Static, static.†   (source)
  • Again the words were overcome by static.†   (source)
  • A wave a static come in with me.†   (source)
  • Ishmael turned on his TBX, listened for a moment to the static in the headphones, then switched it off and waited.†   (source)
  • "Yes, sir!" said Rector Wiggin, who now lifted the hunter's cap off Owen's head, so quickly that static electricity caused Owen's silky-thin, babylike hair to stand up and wave in all directions.†   (source)
  • Other voices began to transmit in static bursts: officers stating their positions in town; the on-duty supervisor trying to coordinate manpower and calling for mutual aid from Hanover and Lebanon.†   (source)
  • The cackle of a static frequency, then: "Colonel, we've got Branch and one unidentified civilian.†   (source)
  • The high whine of the screens, the distant sound of static, buzzes in my ears.†   (source)
  • The man and woman part, leaving a damp patch on the ground which rapidly evaporates—and there we have reached the end This static quality does not serve your evident talent well.†   (source)
  • Muffled voices mixed with static came through.†   (source)
  • She's actually smiling, coquettishly even; there's a hint of her former small-screen mannequin's allure, flickering over her face like momentary static.†   (source)
  • The prisoners nearest his cell could faintly hear the music he played, but the ones farther away could only hear static, though he searched, day and night, for stronger stations.†   (source)
  • All this left my hair full of static electricity, and my first stop was usually the girls' room, where I would brush it flat.†   (source)
  • His chest was solid behind her and a faint hum buzzed in her head, like static electricity in her hair.†   (source)
  • On the porch there is an explosion of static.†   (source)
  • A steady current of heated air rose all day from the mountain and was thrust to ten thousand feet; revolving masses of gas piled up the static until the air was ready to explode.†   (source)
  • He scuttled round and about, his pink eyes flashing, his fine white coat bristling with static.†   (source)
  • Hephaestus's image was barely visible now, just a blob in the static.†   (source)
  • Some weighty and flickering interlude of time seemed to pass: trembling shadows, static, hiss of unseen projector.†   (source)
  • A soft static hum.†   (source)
  • Nothing except static.†   (source)
  • * Someone had added a very old Buick car radio under the hotel truck's dashboard, and now, tinny and choked with static, the distinctive sound of John Fogerty's Creedence Clearwater Revival band came out of the speaker.†   (source)
  • Static crackles from a paramedic's walkie-talkie.†   (source)
  • Nothing, not even background static.†   (source)
  • As I walked through a narrow, half-cement yard from the alley to Lawrence's house, a wisp of smoke seeped through the screen door of his kitchen, where static blared from a small television on a folding table.†   (source)
  • We sat in silence, smiles frozen on our faces, straining to hear the tiny heartbeat, but only static came through the speaker.†   (source)
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