Meaning of STABLE in English
■ adjective ( ~r , ~st )
1》 not likely to give way or overturn; firmly fixed.
2》 not likely to change or fail.
↘not deteriorating in health after an injury or operation.
3》 not liable to undergo chemical decomposition or radioactive decay.
ME: from Anglo-Norman Fr., from L. stabilis , from the base of stare 'to stand'.
1》 a building for housing horses.
2》 an establishment where racehorses are kept and trained.
3》 an establishment producing particular types of people or things.
1》 put or keep (a horse) in a ~.
2》 put or base (a train) in a depot.
shut (or bolt ) the ~ door after the horse has bolted Brit. try to prevent something undesirable when it is already too late to do so.
~ful noun ( plural ~fuls ).
ME: shortening of OFr. e~ '~, pigsty', from L. stabulum , from the base of stare 'to stand'.
Concise Oxford English vocab. Сжатый оксфордский словарь английского языка. 2004