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 Many vaccines contain pork gelatin as a stabilizer, and in 2018, a new measles-rubella vaccine was declared haram, or forbidden, in Indonesia for that reason. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Science | AAAS, "COVID-19 cases are soaring in Indonesia. Can a new health minister turn things around?," 15 Jan. 2021 Chinese leaders have often tried to utilize ties with U.S. business leaders to improve U.S.-China relations, and have repeatedly stressed the role of commerce as a stabilizer in bilateral ties. Fortune, "China President Xi Jinping is trying to recruit a new U.S. liaison: Starbucks," 14 Jan. 2021 Using a gimbal camera stabilizer — a tool normally used to shoot music videos — cinematographer Benjamin Leob was able to get up close and personal without the feeling of another person in the room. Anne Cohen,, "Everything You Need To Know About Pieces Of A Woman’s Gutting Home Birth Scene," 11 Jan. 2021 The oven comes with a stabilizer stand, cleaning brush, cooking tray and silicone baking cups. Popular Science, "Cook your meal anywhere with this lightweight, portable solar oven," 22 Dec. 2020 Elevators, flaps on the horizontal stabilizer that intersected the tail, were normally used to correct any unwanted up-and-down pitching motion. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "Chuck Yeager has died at 97, but the legacy of his record-breaking flight lives on," 8 Dec. 2020 Specifically, Apple promises a 47% larger image sensor and large pixels, meaning higher resolution photos, an advanced image stabilizer to help steady shots, and a more advanced telephoto lens. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "iPhone 12 Mini and 12 Pro Max begin preorders Friday, both expected to be in short supply," 6 Nov. 2020 Boeing also must install new display systems for pilots and change the way wires are routed to a tail stabilizer bar. David Koenig And Tom Krisher, The Christian Science Monitor, "Boeing 737 Max cleared by FAA to take to the skies again," 18 Nov. 2020 Boeing also must change the way wires are routed to a tail stabilizer bar. Arkansas Online, "FAA clears Boeing 737 Max to fly again," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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24 Jan 2021

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“Stabilizer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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 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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