stabilizer

noun sta·bi·liz·er \ ˈstā-bə-ˌlī-zər \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

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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First Known Use of stabilizer

circa 1909


Medical Dictionary

stabilizer

noun sta·bi·liz·er
variants: also British stabiliser play \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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