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 for Hydrostatic
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hydrostatic \Hy`dro*stat"ic\, Hydrostatical \Hy`dro*stat"ic*al\,
     a. [Hydro-, 1 + Gr. ? causing to stand: cf. F. hydrostatique.
     See Static.]
     Of or relating to hydrostatics; pertaining to, or in
     accordance with, the principles of the equilibrium of fluids.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           The first discovery made in hydrostatics since the time
           of Archimedes is due to Stevinus.        --Hallam.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Hydrostatic balance, a balance for weighing substances in
        water, for the purpose of ascertaining their specific
        gravities.
  
     Hydrostatic bed, a water bed.
  
     Hydrostatic bellows, an apparatus consisting of a
        water-tight bellowslike case with a long, upright tube,
        into which water may be poured to illustrate the
        hydrostatic paradox.
  
     Hydrostatic paradox, the proposition in hydrostatics that
        any quantity of water, however small, may be made to
        counterbalance any weight, however great; or the law of
        the equality of pressure of fluids in all directions.
  
     Hydrostatic press, a machine in which great force, with
        slow motion, is communicated to a large plunger by means
        of water forced into the cylinder in which it moves, by a
        forcing pump of small diameter, to which the power is
        applied, the principle involved being the same as in the
        hydrostatic bellows. Also called hydraulic press, and
        Bramah press. In the illustration, a is a pump with a
        small plunger b, which forces the water into the cylinder
        c, thus driving upward the large plunder d, which performs
        the reduced work, such as compressing cotton bales, etc.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  hydrostatic
      adj 1: relating to fluids at rest or to the pressures they exert
             or transmit; "hydrostatic pressure" [ant: hydrokinetic]

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