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

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At thirteen, Kai became the youngest athlete in the stable. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 Why not start your revolution with the biggest name in the stable? Sam Smith, Robb Report, 12 Mar. 2022 Martin also explained to News 12 that a California trainer spent two days working with the animal to teach her how to lay down in the stable for a scene with Gandolfini. Stephanie Wenger,, 7 Feb. 2022 The man and woman leading the group portrayed Mary and Joseph, the biblical couple who traveled around Bethlehem in search of refuge before Mary was offered a place and ultimately gave birth to Jesus in a stable. Shanzeh Ahmad,, 18 Dec. 2021 The club could have more of them in the years to come, with players like outfielders Corbin Carroll, Dominic Canzone and Jake McCarthy pushing for opportunities and a stable of young arms advancing alongside them. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 9 May 2022 For dinner, the pair went to Barn8 restaurant, a converted horse stable located on Heritage Farm in Goshen, Kentucky that serves food grown on the farm. Sabrina Weiss,, 6 May 2022 Two 3-year-old boys were killed Monday when a car crashed through a stable as the boys were playing with these toys. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 May 2022 Father Halavin explained that a stable had been bombed. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On Wednesday, King’s Home unveiled a new barn to stable its 11 horses on a farm near Chelsea. al, 2 Dec. 2021 Grooms went home to small, mortgaged homes so that Gem might stable her horse, and horses would be broken so that Gem might ride. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 Baffert will temporarily not be allowed to stable any horses at Belmont Park, Aqueduct Racetrack and Saratoga Race Course or run any of his horses at the New York Racing Association’s tracks. The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 May 2021 Additionally, the location where trainers stable their horse matters. Andre Toran, The Courier-Journal, 26 Apr. 2021 The economy needs to stable out after these COVID issues. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, 12 Apr. 2021 As each day brings a new sign of the airline industry’s domestic resurgence, the latest was provided by Fitch Ratings, which revised the rating outlook for Charlotte Douglas International Airport to stable from negative. Ted Reed, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 Taking these factors into account, Moody’s changed its rating for the real estate firm from negative to stable in November last year. Prathamesh Mulye, Quartz, 5 Apr. 2021 The paper found Robinson’s great lifetime causes congenial: devotion to the British Empire and a belief that only the United Kingdom and the United States could guide the world to stable peace and prosperity. Howard Schneider, WSJ, 26 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Emergency medical services took him to a hospital, where he was listed to be in stable condition. Lilly Price, Baltimore Sun, 26 May 2022 He was transported to an area hospital and is listed in stable condition, according to police. Hartford Courant, 25 May 2022 The mother suffered serious injuries and was reported in stable condition at a hospital, the Sheriff’s Department said. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 May 2022 Keeping enough qubits stable long enough to do any significant calculating or processing, is a mathematical impossibility. Arthur Herman, Forbes, 19 May 2022 At the beginning of taking methadone, patients must generally come in daily to get their medication administered; patients who are deemed stable enough may gradually be allowed to take home a limited number of doses instead of arriving daily. Emily Alpert Reyesstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 The Euro, the Japanese yen, these are all currencies that are stable enough that investors, all kinds of investors all over the world, are holding them as a store of value. James Brown, USA TODAY, 1 May 2022 Twitch ads and donations from viewers brought in about $500 a month — a meager amount, but stable enough for his two young daughters and their respective mothers. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 That being, people who like cars and have an Internet connection stable enough to watch a YouTube video. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for stable


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 stable (audio) \; stablest\ -​b(ə-​)ləst How to pronounce stable (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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