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 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

stable

adjective
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

Adjective

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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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 Two large buildings at the facility have served as a refuge for more than 600 people, while the fairgrounds’ stables are part of the area being used to provide short-term housing for 700 or so animals. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Sonoma Fairgrounds center of action for Kincade Fire, shows need for unplanned space," 1 Nov. 2019 Suspicious vehicle, Chagrin River Road Police assisted a motorist looking for the horse stables at River Road and Fairmount Boulevard on the morning of Oct. 17. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Missing persons located, one in village: Hunting Valley Police Blotter," 25 Oct. 2019 But as the popularity of automobiles accelerated, the era of stables was left in the rearview mirror. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, "The Many Lives of a Carriage House," 25 Oct. 2019 Firefighters say a fire has burned about one-fourth of the roof of Turin’s Cavallerizza Reale, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the center of the northern Italian city, hitting an area of the building once used for the royal stables. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fire hits UNESCO royal stables in Italian city of Turin," 21 Oct. 2019 The 6-year-old horse was grazing at the Fort Erie Race Track in Ontario, Canada, on July 11 when a sinkhole, caused by a water main break near the stables, swallowed it, according to reports. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Horse wins race 12 days after falling into sinkhole," 24 July 2019 The tenuous plight of the producer has been intensifying for some time, since the height of the profession back in 2003, when DVD sales were strong and the seismic quake of the 2007-08 Writers Guild strike hadn't yet cleared the stables. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Film Producers Became the New Expendables: "There's Panic and Confusion"," 15 Aug. 2019 The community there can’t offer a new mayor fine dining or a tour of the horse stables, like Oprah can. Kristen Mcqueary, chicagotribune.com, "One label we didn't expect to describe Mayor Lightfoot: Jet-setter," 17 June 2019 After the performance, the public is invited to meet the adult horses and their trainers in the stables. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Tempel Farms showcases rare brown Lipizzan, 8 foals this season," 11 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, chicagotribune.com, "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, orlandosentinel.com, "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 Justify and the four other potential Belmont contenders stabled at Churchill Downs — Bravazo, Free Drop Billy, Restoring Hope and Tenfold — are scheduled to participate in a special training session from 7:30 to 7:40 a.m. every day until June 5. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Fans can watch Justify, other Belmont hopefuls train at Churchill Downs," 23 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The president-elect of the European Union’s Executive Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that her ‘‘vision is of a Europe that helps to reconcile those who are divided.’’ ‘‘There is need for stable and responsible leadership. BostonGlobe.com, "Some 30 heads of state or government, high-level officials from other countries, and the leaders of 10 international organizations on Tuesday joined hundreds of activists, entrepreneurs, and others at the Paris Peace Forum. The United States did not send a government official to the event.," 13 Nov. 2019 But with Grossman on the podium and a click track in use, Pompa-Baldi predicts a performance both stable and memorable for all the right reasons. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Contemporary Youth Orchestra plans concert with digital soloist on ‘Spirio’ piano," 12 Nov. 2019 Police have not said whether she was stabbed or cut, but she was listed in stable condition. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Middletown man wanted for attacking girlfriend with knife turns himself in to police," 6 Nov. 2019 In addition to the ranch-style home, the Kardashian-Wests have also inherited an equestrian center with a four-stall stable and a fenced-in paddock, Variety reports. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Just Bought Another House," 5 Nov. 2019 The Dearborn automaker prides itself publicly and privately on having the most stable and least contentious relationship with the UAW leadership. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "UAW picks Ford for next contract negotiation," 25 Oct. 2019 The sale is intended to unload some of Huntsman's businesses that include more cyclical pricing as Huntsman aims to focus on more stable and durable chemicals products. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Huntsman turns small profit in tough petrochemicals market," 25 Oct. 2019 These events have shaken what was Latin America’s most stable and successful country. The Economist, "Days and nights of rage in Chile," 24 Oct. 2019 Two are in serious condition and the others are in stable condition, police said. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two Franklin residents were killed in a head-on collision with a drunk driver in Costa Rica," 23 Oct. 2019

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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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stable

noun
How to pronounce stable (audio)

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 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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