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sta·​bile ˈstā-ˌbēl How to pronounce stabile (audio)
: an abstract sculpture or construction similar in appearance to a mobile but made to be stationary

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On one end is Alexander Calder’s stabile Nenuphar, made especially for the museum’s opening in 1968. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Sep. 2023 The child is recovering and is in stabile condition, the Spanish Fork Police Department said. USA TODAY, 25 May 2023 Allen was drafted into a stabile situation in Buffalo. Brad Biggs,, 13 Sep. 2021
The pieces on view include mobiles, stabiles, paper works, oil painting and more. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Nov. 2023 Unlike Calder’s mobiles that perform for you, his stabiles are viewer-activated. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, 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, 16 June 2017 See More

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Word History



Latin stabilis — more at stable


probably from French, from Latin stabilis, adjective

First Known Use


1896, in the meaning defined above


1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stabile was in 1896

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“Stabile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


sta·​bile ˈstā-ˌbīl How to pronounce stabile (audio) -ˌbil How to pronounce stabile (audio)
: resistant to chemical change
native proteins are never stabileOtto Rahn

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