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 But for this conservation treatment, curators determined that the horizontal stabilizer had been lost after the crash, and its 1919 copy was inaccurate and incorrectly positioned. Kellie B. Gormly, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Apr. 2022 In 2019, Virgin Galactic came close to another catastrophe when a seal on a rear horizontal stabilizer ruptured because a new thermal protection film had been improperly installed. New York Times, 11 July 2021 But sometimes the economy’s stabilizer-in-chief can also be a source of turbulence. Mark Trumbull, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Mar. 2022 The Federal Reserve’s role as stabilizer-in-chief for the United States’ economy is being tested. Mark Trumbull, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Mar. 2022 Peterson said the delay in getting Houlton Farms its chocolate powder — a mix of cocoa, a stabilizer called carrageenan and several other ingredients — was caused by a tangle of factors, not a shortage of one particular item. Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2022 For most companies, a full China exit is unrealistic; strong business ties between China and developed democracies remain an important overall stabilizer in the relationship. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 The Gluteus Medius is an important pelvic stabilizer during the single leg stance phase of running. Jon-erik Kawamoto, Outside Online, 4 Sep. 2020 At the start of the concentric phase of the exercise, this workout initially targets your posterior delts and other assisting stabilizer muscles in the shoulder joints. Ben Walker, Outside Online, 28 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of stabilizer

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stabilizer was circa 1909

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“Stabilizer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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variants: also British stabiliser \ ˈstā-​bə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce stabilizer (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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