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

bombproof, fast, firm, sound, stalwart, strong, sturdy

Antonyms: Adjective

rickety, unsound, unstable, unsteady

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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

Irvine Regional Park had some very badly burned areas, including the horse stables. Jessica Peralta, latimes.com, "Wildland restoration efforts intensify after recent canyon fires," 9 Feb. 2018 Citrus gardens, wine cellars and horse stables are among the luxurious features in this week's most expensive home sales in metropolitan Phoenix. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Luxury homes: Restaurant/club owners buy $4.4M Paradise Valley mansion," 21 May 2018 Toronto’s newest attraction seemed destined to end up in the dignified solitude of a tycoon’s country home, somewhere behind the stables, perhaps. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "Bjarke Ingels’s Serpentine Pavilion Is on a World Tour: First Stop, Toronto," 24 Sep. 2018 Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the stables attracted an array of aspiring competitive equestrians from all over North County. Jeff Mcdonald, sandiegouniontribune.com, "#MeToo movement prompts disclosure of alleged sexual abuse at La Jolla Farms Stables," 8 July 2018 The family of Equest Farm Director Leslie Kramer, the Brupbachers, have donated $50,000 toward the 2018 Capital Improvement Project for the stables from their Benjamin Simon Brupbacher Jr. and Lois Weil Brupbacher Charitable Foundation. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Tails but no Black Tie a winner for Equest Farms," 3 June 2018 Kenneth Lijah Duyck, 20, entered the stables at a rural home in the 200 block of Northwest 334th Avenue near Hillsboro last week and targeted a black mare named Ellie, court records and the Washington County Sheriff's Office allege. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, OregonLive.com, "Oregon man confesses to sexually assaulting horse near Hillsboro, authorities say," 26 Apr. 2018 Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Koele Located in the central highlands, this plantation-style lodge has an orchid house, stables, and an old church on its grounds, offering a blend of refinement and Hawaiian aloha spirit. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 At one time, stables were scattered across the city. David Mcfadden, The Seattle Times, "Ties between urban horsemen, Mennonites bolster old trade," 4 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ritvo says he is not opposed to trainers stabling at Golden Gate and shipping to the fair circuit with no penalty. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! What’s California racing without angst?," 15 June 2018 With Ernie Byfield's country house across the road at Grassmere Farms, Jack could offer equestrian activities to his brother's famous guests, as well as stabling Blaun Erickson's polo ponies in the summertime. Barbara Benson, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Horses continue to make history in Barrington area," 5 July 2018 Both those horses, and Arrogate, were stabled in Southern California. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Gun Runner wins Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year," 26 Jan. 2018 The resort has both 6-seat ($90) and 12-seat carriages ($120) as well as special Sunday Triple Crown packages for $33 a person that include carriage ride, brunch buffet and stabling tour. Amy Aumick, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Marion County, where resorts cater to horses," 6 May 2018 The fire next to Liverpool’s Echo Arena also threatened horses that were stabled in the garage for performances at the Liverpool International Horse Show. Car and Driver, "Old Land Rover Catches Fire, Destroys Roughly 1400 Cars in U.K.," 30 Jan. 2018 The title, a reference to the prize horses that are stabled in this upscale neighborhood, is also a metaphor that the story drives home in its less subtle moments: What happens when two well-groomed, hot-blooded mares begin acting up? Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Cory Finley's 'Thoroughbreds' is a delectably twisted mean-girls noir," 8 Mar. 2018 Animalkind A common virus among horses resulted in the euthanasia of a racehorse Friday at Turfway Park and the quarantine of the barn where the horse was stabled. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Horse euthanized, barn placed in quarantine at Turfway Park," 5 Feb. 2018 Most of the horses that were stabled at the center are now at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. J. Harry Jones, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Owners pledge to rebuild fire-damaged race horse training center in Bonsall," 15 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Senegal’s President Marky Sall won re-election, capping days of tense vote tallying following an unusually violent campaign in one of Africa’s most stable democracies. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "Senegal’s President Re-Elected After Race Tested by Violence," 28 Feb. 2019 Huawei’s legal standing certainly isn’t as stable as its competition's. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Huawei refreshes the Matebook X Pro and adds a larger Matebook 14," 24 Feb. 2019 The official number for the urban population produced by China’s statistics bureau—which currently gives the unemployment rate at 4.9%—has long seemed both too low and stable to be credible. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "The Search for Reliable Chinese Jobs Data Intensifies," 18 Feb. 2019 The first requires a partner; the second requires a stable object. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How to Do Nordic Curls to Strengthen Your Hamstrings, Like Celebrity Trainer Ashley Borden," 14 Feb. 2019 On the road, in low-traction situations like snow, part-time systems tend to feel reassuringly stable. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Why the New Jeep Wrangler's Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine Is Totally Worth the Extra Money," 13 Feb. 2019 Security is a big part of New Zealand’s allure, and it is expressed in many forms: a stable democratic government, low crime, abundant energy resources, and forward-thinking environmental policies. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "We Should All Just Move to New Zealand," 17 Jan. 2019 Also, Alice is barely stable enough to take care of her own daughter right now, let alone dozens of misplaced teens. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The "Riverdale" Mid-Season Finale Left Us Shook and With Multiple Questions," 13 Dec. 2018 Kepler-1625b appears to orbit in its star's habitable zone, the just-right range of distances where liquid water might be stable on a world's surface. Mike Wall, Space.com, "First Exomoon Found? Neptune-Sized World Possibly Spotted Orbiting Alien Planet," 3 Oct. 2018

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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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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 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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