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

Examples of stabilizer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These formulations include xanthan gum, which Rutledge says serves as a stabilizer and emulsifier to help with structure. Washington Post, "How to use gluten-free flour blends in your everyday baking," 20 Jan. 2020 Thanks to a good amount of stabilizers and an almost alarmingly silky texture, Philadelphia cream cheese just works really well in desserts. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "How Philadelphia Became the One and Only Cream Cheese," 13 Jan. 2020 Hair sprays are wasteful because the bottled chemicals require stabilizers and propellants to work. Popular Science, "CES 2020: Faceless, furry robots and other quirky gadgets from day one," 7 Jan. 2020 The wiring connects to the motor that controls the stabilizer, the horizontal fin on a plane’s tail, sending signals from the flight control computer that can push the nose down or lift it up. Natalie Kitroeff, New York Times, "It’s Not Just Software: New Safety Risks Under Scrutiny on Boeing’s 737 Max," 5 Jan. 2020 Eventually, there is no more stabilizer—and as a consequence, sometimes no more munitions site either. Peter Schwartzstein, Scientific American, "Climate Change May Be Blowing Up Arms Depots," 14 Nov. 2019 This was a woman on antidepressants and mood stabilizers. Darcel Rockett,, "Destigmatizing mental health treatment this holiday season: ‘Seeking help is not a sign of weakness’," 12 Dec. 2019 The tree was knocked off its stabilizers because of the high winds, and crews went to work making sure the leaning tree didn’t fall. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "Ohio Supreme Court declines to rule on legality of HB6 referendum drive: The Wake Up for Thursday, Nov. 27," 28 Nov. 2019 Over the next three-and-a-half years, my mom was moved four or five times, from one mental hospital to another, across four states, where different psychiatrists prescribed various antipsychotic drugs and mood stabilizers. Adrienne Nolan-smith,, "My Mom Had Schizoaffective Disorder, but the Mental Health System Couldn’t Save Her From Suicide," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of stabilizer

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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7 Feb 2020

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“Stabilizer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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


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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