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A hissing, crackling, or other sudden sharp noise that tends to interfere with the reception, utilization, or enjoyment of desired signals or sounds. Perhaps the commonest form of static is that heard in ordinary broadcast receivers during electrical storms. Interference in radio receivers caused by improperly operating electric devices in the vicinity is sometimes also called static. See also: Sferics
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