sta·​ble | \ ˈstā-bəl How to pronounce stable (audio) \

Essential Meaning of stable

1 : a building in which horses are kept, fed, and cared for She rode the horse back to the stable. a horse stable
2 : the group of racehorses that belong to the same owner There have been three winners from his stable this season.
3 : a group of people (such as athletes, writers, or performers) who work for or are trained by the same person, organization, or business a stable of actors/writers

Full 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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Other Words from stable


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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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 Discovery Plus is coming to Canada, with a launch set for Oct. 19 — offering a mammoth bucket of more than 60,000 episodes from Discovery’s stable of brands plus a lineup of original, streaming-only shows. Todd Spangler, Variety, 12 Oct. 2021 Verijet’s locations in Florida and California offer flights within a 700-mile radius using its fleet of 10 G2s, though Kane expects a stable of 25 jets by early 2022. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 9 Oct. 2021 Once one wealthy person buys in, the founder can use that benefactor’s credibility to collect a stable of ever-powerful supporters. New York Times, 9 Oct. 2021 Tight ends coach Colin Bottrill and wide receivers coach Chad Carpenter worked together to develop Chandler's stable of talented receivers. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 6 Oct. 2021 This is an interesting, engaging world and Cyberpunk has created a new stable of classic characters from Judy to Panam to River to Jackie to even V herself, who is surprisingly great despite being a first person character. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 Oversize earrings resembled a quick release knot from a stable. Thomas Adamson, USA TODAY, 30 Sep. 2021 General manager Alex Anthropoulos landed an entire stable of outfielders at the deadline: Joc Pederson, Jorge Soler, Adam Duvall and Eddie Rosario. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Sep. 2021 Sub-Culture’s stable of drinking/dining properties includes 17 restaurants and bars, such as Boca Raton eateries The Dubliner and Kapow, as well as Dada and Honey in Delray Beach. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, 13 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Moody’s Investors Service yesterday cut its rating to Aa3 from Aa2 and revised the outlook to stable from negative. Vassilis Karamanis,, 17 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And, because single-leg work demands balance, your core has to fire more, too, in order to keep you stable and resist bending or rotating, as SELF previously reported. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 13 Oct. 2021 The four-wheel steering makes the Hummer more stable and maneuverable at high and primary road speeds by turning all four wheels in the same direction — the rear wheels up to 10 degrees. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 4 Oct. 2021 He was later convicted of several other offenses, but eventually established a stable life. NBC News, 28 Sep. 2021 Marshall said City Hall is simply bowing to pressure to appear to be addressing the crisis, while ignoring the root causes of drug use and overdose: a lack of stable and affordable housing, a shortage of treatment beds, and systemic inequality. Trisha Thadani, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Sep. 2021 And the obstacles only multiply in countries that are less stable and developed than Kenya. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 Family Gateway in Dallas strives to provide a safe, stable and supportive place for children and families to learn and grow. Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2021 Presumably, hospitalization numbers provide a more stable and reliable gauge of the pandemic’s true toll, in terms of severe disease. David Zweig, The Atlantic, 13 Sep. 2021 Catholics have been told for months in church bulletins and online updates that the goal of Beacons of Light is to address those problems and make their parishes more stable and vibrant for years to come. Dan Horn, The Enquirer, 9 Sep. 2021

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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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“Stable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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