Astatic pair
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. [1913 Webster]

{Astatic pair} (Magnetism), a pair of magnetic needles so mounted as to be nearly or quite astatic, as in some galvanometers. [1913 Webster]


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  • astatic pair — noun : two small coplanar magnets of equal moment rigidly attached at right angles to a stiff wire with their moments oppositely directed and forming a system that experiences no directive influence when suspended in a uniform magnetic field …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • astatic —   a. unstable; in neutral equilibrium; Electricity, not tending to assume a definite position.    ♦ astatic pair, pair of magnetized needles of opposite charges.    ♦ astatics,   n. study of equilibrium of body under known forces …   Dictionary of difficult words

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