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

Latifa lived in Dubai with a brother and a sister, in a compound that had its own sports facilities, including stables. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "India’s Modi authorized capture of runaway Dubai princess, newspaper claims," 28 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The deputies were believed to be in stable condition late Wednesday, but their current condition is unknown. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "HCSO deputies treated for possible fentanyl exposure after finding drugs, money inside hotel room," 13 June 2019 The retired baseball player was in stable condition in intensive care at a Santo Domingo hospital, where doctors had to remove his gallbladder and part of his intestine. Fox News, "Bodies of Maryland couple found dead in Dominican Republic returned to US," 12 June 2019 His wife said that Ortiz, who was reportedly recovering from organ damage as a result of the shooting, underwent a second surgery upon arriving at the hospital on Monday night and is in stable condition as of Tuesday morning. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Red Sox' David Ortiz Underwent Successful Surgery at Massachusetts General," 11 June 2019 Ortiz had been in stable condition in intensive care at a Santo Domingo hospital after doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his intestine, according to his spokesman, Leo López. Time, "Former Red Sox Star David Ortiz Seeks Medical Care in Boston After Being Shot in the Dominican Republic," 11 June 2019 He was taken to Danbury Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Kent woman dies in crash with dump truck in New Milford," 11 June 2019 Todd Turner, 22, of Cincinnati, is in stable condition after being taken to Cincinnati Medical Hospital to be treated for a serious head injury, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's office. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Police seek driver that hit Anderson Township pedestrian and left the scene," 10 June 2019 Ortiz reportedly is in stable condition after having portions of his intestines, colon and gall bladder removed. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "David Ortiz shooting is a sober reminder of the danger celebrity athletes face," 10 June 2019 The victim was driven to Methodist Hospital where she is listed in stable condition, police said. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Woman riding in a vehicle shot in I-70 drive-by shooting," 9 June 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

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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