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noun sta·ble \ˈstā-bəl\

Simple Definition of stable

  • : a building in which horses are kept, fed, and cared for

  • : the group of racehorses that belong to the same owner

  • : a group of people (such as athletes, writers, or performers) who work for or are trained by the same person, organization, or business

Full Definition of stable

  1. 1 :  a building in which domestic animals are sheltered and fed; especially :  such a building having stalls or compartments <a horse stable>

  2. 2a :  the racehorses of one ownerb :  a group of people (as athletes, writers, or performers) under one managementc :  the racing cars of one ownerd :  group, collection

sta·ble·man play \-mən, -ˌman\ noun

Examples of stable

  1. She rode the horse back to the stable.

  2. There have been three winners from his stable this season.

  3. A new model will be added to the car company's stable of sedans.

Origin of stable

Middle English, from Anglo-French estable, stable, from Latin stabulum, from stare to stand — more at stand

First Known Use: 13th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

Rhymes with stable



verb sta·ble

Simple Definition of stable

  • : to put or keep (a horse) in a stable

Full Definition of stable

sta·bledsta·bling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to put or keep in a stable

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to dwell in or as if in a stable

Examples of stable

  1. Where do you stable your horses?

14th Century

First Known Use of stable

14th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms



adjective sta·ble

Simple Definition of stable

  • : in a good state or condition that is not easily changed or likely to change

  • medical : not getting worse or likely to get worse

  • : not easily moved

Full Definition of stable

sta·bler play \-b(ə-)lər\ sta·blest play \-b(ə-)ləst\

  1. 1a :  firmly established :  fixed, steadfast <stable opinions>b :  not changing or fluctuating :  unvarying <in stable condition>c :  permanent, enduring <stable civilizations>

  2. 2a :  steady in purpose :  firm in resolutionb :  not subject to insecurity or emotional illness :  sane, rational <a stable personality>

  3. 3a (1) :  placed so as to resist forces tending to cause motion or change of motion (2) :  designed so as to develop forces that restore the original condition when disturbed from a condition of equilibrium or steady motionb (1) :  not readily altering in chemical makeup or physical state <stable emulsions> (2) :  not spontaneously radioactive

sta·ble·ness play \-bəl-nəs\ noun
sta·bly play \-b(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of stable

  1. They have a stable relationship.

  2. Children need to be raised in a stable environment.

  3. Make sure the platform is stable.

Origin of stable

Middle English, from Anglo-French estable, stable, from Latin stabilis, from stare to stand

First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of stable

lasting, permanent, durable, stable mean enduring for so long as to seem fixed or established. lasting implies a capacity to continue indefinitely <a book that left a lasting impression on me>. permanent adds usually the implication of being designed or planned to stand or continue indefinitely <permanent living arrangements>. durable implies power to resist destructive agencies <durable fabrics>. stable implies lastingness because of resistance to being overturned or displaced <a stable government>.

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Medical Dictionary


adjective sta·ble \ˈstā-bəl\

Medical Definition of stable

sta·bler \-b(ə-)lər\play sta·blest \-b(ə-)ləst\play

  1. 1:  not changing or fluctuating <the patient's condition was listed as stable>

  2. 2:  not subject to insecurity or emotional illness <a stable personality>

  3. 3a:  not readily altering in chemical makeup or physical state <stable emulsions>b:  not spontaneously radioactive <a stable isotope>

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