sta·​ble | \ ˈstā-bəl How to pronounce stable (audio) \

Definition of stable

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a building in which domestic animals are sheltered and fed especially : such a building having stalls or compartments a horse stable
2a : the racehorses of one owner
b : a group of people (such as athletes, writers, or performers) under one management
c : the racing cars of one owner


stabled; stabling\ ˈstā-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce stabling (audio) \

Definition of stable (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to put or keep in a stable

intransitive verb

: to dwell in or as if in a stable


stabler\ ˈstā-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce stabler (audio) \; stablest\ ˈstā-​b(ə-​)ləst How to pronounce stablest (audio) \

Definition of stable (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : firmly established : fixed, steadfast stable opinions
b : not changing or fluctuating : unvarying in stable condition
c : permanent, enduring stable civilizations
2a : steady in purpose : firm in resolution
b : not subject to insecurity or emotional illness : sane, rational a stable personality
3a(1) : placed so as to resist forces tending to cause motion or change of motion
(2) : designed so as to develop forces that restore the original condition when disturbed from a condition of equilibrium or steady motion
b(1) : not readily altering in chemical makeup or physical state stable emulsions
(2) : not spontaneously radioactive

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Other Words from stable


stableness \ ˈstā-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce stableness (audio) \ noun
stably \ ˈstā-​b(ə-​)lē How to pronounce stably (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for stable

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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lasting, permanent, durable, stable mean enduring for so long as to seem fixed or established. lasting implies a capacity to continue indefinitely. a book that left a lasting impression on me permanent adds usually the implication of being designed or planned to stand or continue indefinitely. permanent living arrangements durable implies power to resist destructive agencies. durable fabrics stable implies lastingness because of resistance to being overturned or displaced. a stable government

Examples of stable in a Sentence

Noun She rode the horse back to the stable. There have been three winners from his stable this season. A new model will be added to the car company's stable of sedans. Verb Where do you stable your horses? Adjective They have a stable relationship. Children need to be raised in a stable environment. Make sure the platform is stable.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now, its red-brick stables stand alone behind Provider. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Remember the old Polk milk building? Imagine its future at this year's Pre-Enact Indy.," 13 Oct. 2017 Crystal Ocean, from the stable of Michael Stoute, was a Group 1 winner at Royal Ascot in June, beating Waldgeist in the process. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Superstar trio share Longines best racehorse award," 22 Jan. 2020 For small stables this is a big positive indicator for me. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Thoughts about the Eclipse Awards process," 11 Jan. 2020 The Kernke family has painstakingly restored an exquisite 19th-century Gothic-Revival sandstone stables and barn, the latter now acting as the tasting room of the family distillery. Ewen Bell, National Geographic, "What makes Tasmania an outdoor lover’s dream?," 29 Dec. 2019 As with most royals — particularly Queen Elizabeth — horses are an important element of the Danish royals’ lives, with the stables of Christiansborg Castle playing an integral role. Phil Boucher,, "Princess Isabella of Denmark Shows Some Serious Side-Eye in Royal Photo Christmas Photo," 13 Dec. 2019 None of the top three free agents are signed, all of whom are in the Boras stable: Cole, Strasburg and Anthony Rendon. John Shea,, "Why Madison Bumgarner to Dodgers would make sense (sorry, Giants fans)," 6 Dec. 2019 Hours after the birth, Harry went before cameras at the Windsor Castle stables to declare his over-the-moon joy at being a dad. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Top royal stories of 2019: Harry and Meghan's media woes, Andrew's scandal and more," 6 Dec. 2019 The brewery, which had a pretty limited stable of beers on tap for a few years, has really branched out. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Bot IPA series from Tin Whiskers Brewing is worth exploring," 10 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Oh, Laurel, owned by TSG, will get about $173 million in improvements to include a new clubhouse, stabling areas and a synthetic track. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Omaha Beach wows in return," 6 Oct. 2019 And, that’s where McKinzie will be stabled at the start. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Racing! McKinzie looking for a new jockey," 3 Oct. 2019 Visiting horses were stabled in temporary stalls on the club’s outer limits. La Cañada Valley Sun, "The Valley Line: Flintridge Riding Club’s annual Autumn Classic a blue-ribbon event," 1 Oct. 2019 This museum housed in the stately historic Humboldt Park stables is a gem. Aine Dougherty,, "Neighborhood Guide: What do eat, drink and do in Humboldt Park," 22 Aug. 2019 One of Churchill’s New Latonia facility is a $150 million project that would include an historical racing machine facility, a clubhouse, a one-mile synthetic main race track, an inner dirt track and stabling facilities. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Turfway Park 'shocked, disappointed' by Churchill Downs' 'recent attack'," 6 Sep. 2019 Game Winner, also stabled at Del Mar, was scratched from next week’s Travers Stakes because of a virus. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Congrats to Pacific Classic winner Higher Power," 18 Aug. 2019 Even after Lady died, Margaret regularly returned to the Miracle Lane stables to brush, train and be around the other horses, barn owner Sherry Brabenec said. Michael Williams,, "Obsession, money, lies tore Grant Amato’s family apart. A jury will decide whether he killed them," 12 July 2019 An estimated 800 race horses stabled in Prescott for the summer season must now find other racing venues. Dennis Wagner, azcentral, "Arizona Downs ends its horse racing season early, putting comeback on hold," 21 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While inflation ran slightly below the central bank’s 2% goal last year, Friday’s report from the Fed said measures of consumers’ and businesses’ expectations for future inflation have been stable. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Report: Possible Spillovers From Coronavirus Pose New Risk to Economic Outlook," 7 Feb. 2020 One stabbing victim, a man in his 40s, remained in the hospital in serious but stable condition, the police said on Monday. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "London Stabbing Prompts Questions on Policies for Terrorism Convictions," 3 Feb. 2020 The two men were in critical but stable condition as of Saturday afternoon, according to Samudio. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "2 men in critical condition after being shot in west Phoenix," 2 Feb. 2020 The other man was shot in the arm and hospitalized in serious but stable condition, police said. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "3 shot in drive-by attack in Fort Worth, police say," 7 Jan. 2020 Romanova, Mills said, was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where she is believed to be in critical but stable condition., "Mother shot by son in Clermont County, police say," 31 Dec. 2019 Of the two injured, one male is in a critical but stable condition while a woman has minor injuries, according to Webster. Christopher Harress |, al, "1 killed, 2 hospitalized in early morning Madison County wreck," 24 Dec. 2019 The latest update on the boy’s condition is believed to be critical, but stable. Caitlin Taylor, Detroit Free Press, "Monroe boy, 2, in critical condition after suspected assault by mother, boyfriend," 23 Dec. 2019 Sears was pronounced dead at the scene and Goode was taken to the hospital in critical but stable condition. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis man convicted of leading police on fatal pursuit on city's south side," 19 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of stable


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stable


Middle English, from Anglo-French estable, stable, from Latin stabulum, from stare to stand — more at stand


Middle English, from Anglo-French estable, stable, from Latin stabilis, from stare to stand

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“Stable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stable

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a building in which horses are kept, fed, and cared for
: the group of racehorses that belong to the same owner
: a group of people (such as athletes, writers, or performers) who work for or are trained by the same person, organization, or business



English Language Learners Definition of stable (Entry 2 of 3)

: to put or keep (a horse) in a stable



English Language Learners Definition of stable (Entry 3 of 3)

: in a good state or condition that is not easily changed or likely to change
medical : not getting worse or likely to get worse
: not easily moved


sta·​ble | \ ˈstā-bəl How to pronounce stable (audio) \

Kids Definition of stable

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a building in which horses are housed and cared for


stabled; stabling

Kids Definition of stable (Entry 2 of 3)

: to put or keep in a stable


stabler; stablest

Kids Definition of stable (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : not easily changed or affected a stable government
2 : not likely to change suddenly or greatly a stable income
3 : lasting a stable peace


sta·​ble | \ ˈstā-bəl How to pronounce stable (audio) \
stabler\ -​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce stabler (audio) \; stablest\ -​b(ə-​)ləst How to pronounce stablest (audio) \

Medical Definition of stable

1 : not changing or fluctuating the patient's condition was listed as stable
2 : not subject to insecurity or emotional illness a stable personality
3a : not readily altering in chemical makeup or physical state stable emulsions
b : not spontaneously radioactive a stable isotope

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