stability

noun
sta·​bil·​i·​ty | \ stə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce stability (audio) \
plural stabilities

Definition of stability

1 : the quality, state, or degree of being stable: such as
a : the strength to stand or endure : firmness
b : the property of a body that causes it when disturbed from a condition of equilibrium or steady motion to develop forces or moments that restore the original condition
c : resistance to chemical change or to physical disintegration
2 : residence for life in one monastery

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Examples of stability in a Sentence

the country's political and economic stability Test the platform for stability before using it. There are some questions about the applicant's mental stability.
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Choose a nice oval pumpkin with a wide base for stability, then follow the pattern to carve out feathers, beak, and eyes. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Whoo Is the Wisest? Pumpkin," 5 Sep. 2019 Six additional trees along Marine Avenue that appear distressed will undergo advanced stability and health testing, and long-empty patches along the cozy boulevard of mom-and-pop shops and cafes will promptly be refilled with young eucalyptuses. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Removal coming for some Balboa Island trees, testing for others," 4 Sep. 2019 Trim tabs assist in stability and control of the boat. courant.com, "Follow along for updates from the Nathan Carman trial," 14 Aug. 2019 Lift your left leg, bend the knee, and place the left foot behind you on the floor for stability; hold. Rozalynn S. Frazier, Health.com, "These Chest Exercises Will Totally Transform Your Upper Body in 21 Days," 9 Aug. 2019 While factors like political stability and safety are likely to also be considered, being a much cheaper city for expats involved in its petroleum industry means Luanda will become even a more attractive destination, Sedlmaier says. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Angola has become a much cheaper country for foreign expats—but not for locals," 9 Aug. 2019 Walking across the creek, Babbitt used his pole for stability, stepping carefully through the boulders. Ian James, azcentral, "He took down dams, freed wolves and preserved wildlands. Bruce Babbitt is still at work," 14 July 2019 Hoover also said that the astronomical cost of living leads people to look for more financial stability — something ownership can offer. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "People of color are creating new kinds of cooperative cafes and restaurants in Oakland," 5 July 2019 The two rotors, which spin in opposite directions for stability, turn at 2,800 rpm, up to 10 times the speed of an ordinary helicopter. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Origins of Flight, From Birds to Bugs to Planes," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of stability

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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stability

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stability

: the quality or state of something that is not easily changed or likely to change
: the quality or state of something that is not easily moved
: the quality or state of someone who is emotionally or mentally healthy

stability

noun
sta·​bil·​i·​ty | \ stə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce stability (audio) \
plural stabilities

Kids Definition of stability

: the condition of being reliable or unlikely to change suddenly or greatly

stability

noun
sta·​bil·​i·​ty | \ stə-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce stability (audio) \
plural stabilities

Medical Definition of stability

: the quality, state, or degree of being stable emotional stability chemical stability

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