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

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The boss is, above all, a stabilizer in a region with few such actors. Robert Draper, National Geographic, "Surrounded by chaos, Niger is a nation on the edge," 17 June 2019 The ingredients listed on the container are carrots, pineapple, mayonnaise, raisins, sugar and seasoning mix, consisting of sugar, thickening agents, stabilizers and preservatives. Claire Perez,, "Carrot raisin salad, two ways," 26 July 2019 One acre will be used as the control, one will be treated with the department's soil stabilizer and one will be treated with mulch. Andrew Nicla, azcentral, "ADEQ is treating soil along I-10 in Pinal County to reduce dust storm risk," 13 July 2019 In 2011, Zapata unveiled his Flyboard, a device that could propel its pilot as high as 9 meters (about 30 ft) into the air, using a hose connected to a jet ski to propel water through the board and two stabilizer jets on the rider’s arms. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "We were promised jetpacks, and now we have them. So why isn’t anyone using them?," 18 July 2019 The agency's announcement of these projects comes two years after a similar project using soil stabilizer on 56 acres of land in the same area. Andrew Nicla, azcentral, "ADEQ is treating soil along I-10 in Pinal County to reduce dust storm risk," 13 July 2019 That's a reference to the horizontal stabilizer on the plane's tail, which can be adjusted to make the aircraft climb or descend., "Boeing’s decision to withhold 737 Max info from pilots is ‘shocking,’ Peter DeFazio says," 19 June 2019 On the stabilizer, maximum nose down is about 4.7 degrees away from level flight. Anchorage Daily News, "The inside story of MCAS: How Boeing’s 737 MAX system gained power and lost safeguards," 13 Mar. 2019 The first stall happened before a piece of horizontal stabilizer and elevator broke off. Washington Post, "The Latest: Man who videotaped skydivers was on the plane," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of stabilizer

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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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 stabiliser (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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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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