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stable

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noun sta·ble \ ˈstā-bəl \

Definition of stable

1 :a building in which domestic animals are sheltered and fed; especially :such a building having stalls or compartments
  • a horse stable
2 a :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

stableman

play \-mən, -ˌman\ noun

Examples of stable in a Sentence

  1. She rode the horse back to the stable.

  2. There have been three winners from his stable this season.

  3. A new model will be added to the car company's stable of sedans.

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Origin and Etymology of stable

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

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stable

verb

Definition of stable

stabled; stabling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
:to put or keep in a stable
intransitive verb
:to dwell in or as if in a stable

Examples of stable in a Sentence

  1. Where do you stable your horses?

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First Known Use of stable

14th century

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stable

adjective

Definition of stable

stabler play \-b(ə-)lər\; stablest play \-b(ə-)ləst\
1 a :firmly established :fixed, steadfast
  • stable opinions
b :not changing or fluctuating :unvarying
  • in stable condition
c :permanent, enduring
  • stable civilizations
2 a :steady in purpose :firm in resolution
b :not subject to insecurity or emotional illness :sane, rational
  • a stable personality
3 a (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

stableness

play \-bəl-nəs\ noun

stably

play \-b(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of stable in a Sentence

  1. They have a stable relationship.

  2. Children need to be raised in a stable environment.

  3. Make sure the platform is stable.

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Origin and Etymology of stable

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

Synonym Discussion of stable

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

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STABLE Defined for English Language Learners

stable

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noun

Definition of stable for English Language Learners

  • : 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


stable

verb

Definition of stable for English Language Learners

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


stable

adjective

Definition of stable for English Language Learners

  • : 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


STABLE Defined for Kids

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stable

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noun sta·ble \ ˈstā-bəl \

Definition of stable for Students

:a building in which horses are housed and cared for

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stable

verb

Definition of stable for Students

stabled; stabling
:to put or keep in a stable

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stable

adjective

Definition of stable for Students

stabler; stablest
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

Medical Dictionary

stable

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adjective sta·ble \ ˈstā-bəl \

medical Definition of stable

stabler play \-b(ə-)lər\; stablest play \-b(ə-)ləst\
1 :not changing or fluctuating
  • the patient's condition was listed as stable
2 :not subject to insecurity or emotional illness
  • a stable personality
3 a :not readily altering in chemical makeup or physical state
  • stable emulsions
b :not spontaneously radioactive
  • a stable isotope


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