stable

noun
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

stable

verb
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

stable

adjective
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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Other Words from stable

Adjective

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for stable

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

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 The Dominican Republic has added another luxury property to its stable of world-class resorts with the opening of Live Aqua Beach Resort Punta Cana this month. Alexandra Kirkman, Forbes, "Mexico’s Largest Hotel Company Bets Big On Travel’s Return With Its First International Resort In Punta Cana," 1 Mar. 2021 For Tod’s Legacy, however, Della Valle sought to bring a fresh perspective to its stable of styles. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tod’s and Central Saint Martins Celebrate Emerging Fashion Talents," 22 Feb. 2021 The 2021 Mustang will still come as a coupe or a convertible, and its stable of high-performance offerings will be as full as ever. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Best New Convertibles of 2021," 20 Feb. 2021 The fact is radiant, healthy-looking skin and natural-looking makeup—which many individuals across the gender spectrum aspire to as a base step for presenting themselves to the world—requires diligence and a stable of basic products and techniques. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Ultimate Beauty Basics for Men: From Skin Care to No-Makeup Makeup," 11 Jan. 2021 Even with a healthy stable of running backs the Dolphins were having issues running the football. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins place Myles Gaskin on injured reserve, search for starting tailback amid banged-up backups," 5 Nov. 2020 The Bachelor — and its ever-growing stable of spin-offs — needs to fully cut ties with Victoria. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "The Bachelor Eliminated Victoria. Now It Needs To Block Her," 2 Feb. 2021 The rumble of a tractor and the smell of manure wafting from a nearby stable. New York Times, "French Roosters Now Crow With the Law Behind Them," 24 Jan. 2021 With Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Kareem Hunt and their stable of tight ends, starting with Austin Hooper, the Browns should be able to throw the ball. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Browns early passing game and 3 other things to watch against the Steelers," 9 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "‘Escape Artist’ Review: Great Expectations," 26 Nov. 2020 Moody’s Investors Service yesterday cut its rating to Aa3 from Aa2 and revised the outlook to stable from negative. Vassilis Karamanis, Bloomberg.com, "Pound Traders Shut Out Brexit Noise Until ‘Real Deadline’," 17 Oct. 2020 Horses already stabled in Kentucky will be allowed at Churchill starting on May 20. Rana L. Cash, The Courier-Journal, "Horses arrive at Churchill Downs stables ahead of the first spring races of the season," 11 May 2020 Only authorized racetrack employees and Kentucky Horse Racing Commission license holders who are providing support for a horse stabled at the facility will be permitted on property. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Gov. Andy Beshear says Churchill Downs can reopen on May 11; first race date TBA," 29 Apr. 2020 Many horses that would be stabled at Churchill this spring are currently residing at Fair Grounds, Oaklawn Park, Gulfstream Park, Palm Meadows, Payson Park, Tampa Bay Downs and Turfway Park. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Churchill Downs postpones start of its Spring Meet because of COVID-19 concerns," 7 Apr. 2020 The more than 1,700 horses who are stabled at the park are cared for by 750 backstretch team members, most of whom live on-site and are operating under new safety measures, the company said. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Disneyland and Walt Disney World to remain closed because of coronavirus," 29 Mar. 2020 Golden Gate Fields employs about 325 people who live at the track, and stables 300 to 350 horses. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "At Golden Gate Fields, racing life goes on without spectators," 22 Mar. 2020 Built in the shape of a horseshoe around an old Ottoman stable and fort just outside of Doha, the 980,000 square-meter Al Shaqab can stable as many as 5,000 horses. Danielle Rossingh, CNN, "GC Global Champions: Will Ben Maher do the treble in $40M series?," 5 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective All six victims — whose names and cities and residence were not immediately released — were in stable condition on Saturday, police said. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland police ask for public's help in shooting that injured six," 13 Feb. 2021 Congress has spent $4 trillion to keep the economy stable since the pandemic shuttered schools, offices, restaurants, gyms and other businesses, leading to roughly 10 million job losses and an economic decline of 3.5% last year. Josh Boak, BostonGlobe.com, "CBO projects 4.6% growth in Biden’s first year, jobs lag," 1 Feb. 2021 Those with plantar fasciitis or general foot and ankle pain need to look for strong arch support, solid cushioning, and support around the ankles to keep those fragile bones stable. Outdoor Life, "Best rain boots for women: Keep your feet dry in soggy conditions," 25 Jan. 2021 Heroku has thrown in some monitoring services gratis to help keep things stable. Brian Barrett, Wired, "He Made a Viral Bernie Meme Site. Now He Has to Keep It Going," 21 Jan. 2021 Things are a little more stable and more comfortable. Nate Jones, Vulture, "Before Cristin Milioti and John Magaro Starred in Two of 2020’s Best Films, There Was This Coke Ad," 15 Jan. 2021 The Moderna vaccine doesn’t require the ultracold temperatures needed to keep the Pfizer vaccine stable. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Logistics Set for Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine’s Rollout," 18 Dec. 2020 For these reasons, biologists have been trying to convince ranchers and policymakers that nonlethal methods, both old and new, should be used to reduce livestock conflicts and keep wolf populations stable or growing. Max G. Levy, Smithsonian Magazine, "These Non-Lethal Methods Encouraged by Science Can Keep Wolves From Killing Livestock," 11 Dec. 2020 If one part of the body is in crisis, other parts of the body can take over and do the work to keep the patient relatively stable. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "If the United States were my patient: Science cannot rescue us from ourselves," 6 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of stable

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective

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

History and Etymology for stable

Noun

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

Adjective

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

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The first known use of stable was in the 13th century

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3 Mar 2021

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“Stable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stable. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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stable

noun

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

stable

verb

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

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

stable

adjective

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

stable

noun
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

stable

verb
stabled; stabling

Kids Definition of stable (Entry 2 of 3)

: to put or keep in a stable

stable

adjective
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

stable

adjective
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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