sta·bi·liz·er | \ˈstā-bə-ˌlī-zər \

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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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 There's also a reader mode that reduces blue light to keep eye fatigue at bay, and LG also added a dedicated game mode that includes motion blur reduction and a black stabilizer. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Get ready for all the new E3 games with a 29-inch LG UltraWide display for less than $200," 11 June 2018 What a direct listing means for Spotify A typical path for tech companies going public includes raising capital through millions of new shares and working with a large Wall Street bank to serve as a stabilizer by underwriting the IPO. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "Spotify (SPOT) makes its unconventional trading debut," 3 Apr. 2018 Lineup stabilizer Hosmer, who can supply power from the left side, would fit the bill, though his value has been widely debated. Dennis Lin,, "Padres will weigh present against near future at winter meetings," 8 Dec. 2017 With a curb weight of 6,350 pounds, the frame foundation is pure truck with a solid rear axle, independent front suspension, stabilizer bars front and rear and 17-inch light-truck all-season tires, (LT245/75). Mark Maynard,, "Nissan NV 3500 High Roof: The sky is the limit," 1 June 2018 But in the past the U.S. was the stabilizer, seeking to align its interests and those of its partners. Greg Ip, WSJ, "U.S. Turns From Uniter to Disrupter on Global Stage," 20 June 2018 Yoneda’s team’s next-generation improvement plan included new shock absorbers and bushings, front stabilizer bar arrangement, and rear-trailing arms positioned higher to cut floatiness on braking. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Posher, sleeker 2019 Lexus ES will have Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa," 16 June 2018

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circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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variants: also British stabiliser \ˈstā-bə-ˌlī-zər \

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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