sta·​bi·​liz·​er ˈstā-bə-ˌlī-zər How to pronounce stabilizer (audio)
plural stabilizers
: one that stabilizes something: such as
: a substance added to another substance (such as an explosive or plastic) or to a system (such as an emulsion) to prevent or delay an unwanted alteration of physical state
: a gyroscope device to keep ships steady in a heavy sea
: an airfoil providing stability for an airplane
specifically : the fixed horizontal member of the tail assembly see airplane illustration

Examples of stabilizer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With new engines, generators, stabilizers and propellors, the yacht is smoother, quieter and more efficient. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 18 Sep. 2023 The brace features a patella gel pad and side spring stabilizers to disperse pressure and aid in keeping your knee warm. Jack Byram, Verywell Health, 15 Sep. 2023 In addition to regular therapy visits, mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, antidepressants, and antianxiety meds play a huge role in keeping extreme mood swings—bipolar disorder’s most prominent symptom—from messing with your life too much. Julia Ries, SELF, 14 Sep. 2023 In a previous podcast, Huberman says sleep is the best stress reliever, trauma releaser, immune booster, and emotional stabilizer. Byalexa Mikhail, Fortune Well, 5 Sep. 2023 Most importantly, tank the mower up with ethanol-free gasoline or fresh fuel with stabilizer added. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 10 July 2023 Manganese is a stabilizer in today’s car batteries, reducing combustibility while increasing vehicle range. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 8 Sep. 2023 View Photos And only if the roads are bad will your VIP sense the tensioned suspension (35 percent higher-rate springs, Bilstein shocks, beefier stabilizer bars) and high-pressure, low-profile doughnuts under them. Barry Winfield, Car and Driver, 14 Aug. 2023 Bars melt differently than chocolate morsels, which contain stabilizers that impede on the melting process. Patricia S York, Southern Living, 1 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stabilizer was in 1907

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Cite this Entry

“Stabilizer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


sta·​bi·​liz·​er ˈstā-bə-ˌlī-zər How to pronounce stabilizer (audio)
: one (as a chemical or a device) that stabilizes something
especially : a fixed surface for stabilizing the motion of an airplane

Medical Definition


variants also British stabiliser
: one that stabilizes something
especially : a substance added to another substance or to a system (as an emulsion) to prevent or retard an unwanted alteration of physical state
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