stabilizer

noun
sta·​bi·​liz·​er | \ ˈstā-bə-ˌlī-zər How to pronounce stabilizer (audio) \

Definition of stabilizer

: one that stabilizes something: such as
a : a substance added to another substance (such as an explosive or plastic) or to a system (such as an emulsion) to prevent or retard an unwanted alteration of physical state
b : a gyroscope device to keep ships steady in a heavy sea
c : an airfoil providing stability for an airplane specifically : the fixed horizontal member of the tail assembly — see airplane illustration

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Back in 2008 , another B-52 crashed while stationed in Guam, and its horizontal stabilizer malfunction resulted in the death of all six crew. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "B-52 Crashes Shortly After Takeoff In Guam," 19 May 2016 Beside their seats a large wheel, called the stabilizer trim wheel, which rotates as the horizontal tail swivels, would have been spinning fast and noisily. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Lion Air pilots struggled against Boeing’s 737 MAX flight-control system, black-box data shows," 27 Nov. 2018 But that approach doesn't work with the new 737 MAX system—the pilots have to disable the stabilizer. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Black box data shows pilots fought control system in Indonesia crash," 28 Nov. 2018 However, a psychiatrist may prescribe medication to address certain symptoms that some people experience, Perepletchikova says, such as mood stabilizers for emotional instability. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "13 Facts Everyone Should Know About Borderline Personality Disorder," 5 Dec. 2018 In the event of erroneous AOA data, the pitch trim system can trim the stabilizer nose down in increments lasting up to 10 seconds. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Indonesia 737 crash caused by “safety” feature change pilots weren’t told of," 13 Nov. 2018 That's something the brand may have addressed with those pigment stabilizers. Sable Yong, Allure, "How Glossier’s New Perfecting Skin Tint Formula Compares to the Original," 11 Sep. 2018 The ferry itself sustained damage to its starboard fin stabilizer, an element that helps make for a more comfortable ride in rougher waters, said Aurah Landau, a spokeswoman for the state transportation department. Washington Post, "Whale strikes Alaska ferry, may have suffered mortal injury," 22 June 2018 Drugs prescribed for bipolar disorder include antidepressants, mood stabilizers and atypical antipsychotics (also known as tranquilizers). Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Mariah Carey and bipolar disorder: What is it and how is it treated?," 11 Apr. 2018

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circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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stabilizer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stabilizer

: a device that is used to keep a ship steady in rough seas
: the part of an airplane's tail that cannot be moved
: a substance that is added to something (such as a food mixture) to keep it in a desired condition

stabilizer

noun
sta·​bi·​liz·​er
variants: also British stabiliser \ ˈstā-​bə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce stabiliser (audio) \

Medical Definition of stabilizer

: 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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