sta·​bile | \ ˈstā-ˌbī(-ə)l How to pronounce stabile (audio) , -ˌbil How to pronounce stabile (audio) \

Definition of stabile

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sta·​bile | \ ˈstā-ˌbēl How to pronounce stabile (audio) \

Definition of stabile (Entry 2 of 2)

: an abstract sculpture or construction similar in appearance to a mobile but made to be stationary

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Unlike Calder’s mobiles that perform for you, his stabiles are viewer-activated. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "What are those giant sculptures in Denver Botanic Gardens? They’re quite important, actually.," 14 May 2017 Calder is credited with having created the mobile as well as the stabile, a sculpture that contains moving parts but sits on the floor. Hailey Ross, idahostatesman, "Boise Art Museum’s new exhibit features big-name artists," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of stabile


1896, in the meaning defined above


1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stabile


Latin stabilis — more at stable


probably from French, from Latin stabilis, adjective

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“Stabile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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sta·​bile | \ ˈstā-ˌbīl How to pronounce stabile (audio) , -ˌbil How to pronounce stabile (audio) \

Medical Definition of stabile

2 : resistant to chemical change native proteins are never stabile— Otto Rahn

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