stabilizer

noun

sta·​bi·​liz·​er ˈstā-bə-ˌlī-zər How to pronounce stabilizer (audio)
plural stabilizers
: 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 delay 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 It’s used as a stabilizer in some fruity food and drinks, like Sun Drop citrus sodas. Jamie Ross, Washington Post, 4 July 2024 But safety concerns quickly surfaced, and by the late 1960s, the FDA had already limited its use to a flavoring stabilizer and capped the amount that could be used to 15 parts per million. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 3 July 2024 Special Features: —Equipped with Koni shocks, a rear stabilizer and a heavy-duty tow hitch. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 1 July 2024 Lawmakers set aside the funding in a budget stabilizer bill passed during the final week of the legislative session. Jenna Carlesso, Hartford Courant, 4 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for stabilizer 

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stabilizer was in 1907

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Cite this Entry

“Stabilizer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stabilizer. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

stabilizer

noun
sta·​bi·​liz·​er ˈstā-bə-ˌlī-zər How to pronounce stabilizer (audio)
: one (as a chemical or a device) that stabilizes something
especially : a fixed surface for stabilizing the motion of an airplane

Medical Definition

stabilizer

noun
sta·​bi·​liz·​er
variants also British stabiliser
: 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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