Meaning of STABLE in English

STABLE

~ 1

■ 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.

↘emotionally well-balanced.

3》 not liable to undergo chemical decomposition or radioactive decay.

Derivatives

stably adverb

Origin

ME: from Anglo-Norman Fr., from L. stabilis , from the base of stare 'to stand'.

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~ 2

■ noun

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.

■ verb

1》 put or keep (a horse) in a ~.

2》 put or base (a train) in a depot.

Phrases

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.

Derivatives

~ful noun ( plural ~fuls ).

Origin

ME: shortening of OFr. e~ '~, pigsty', from L. stabulum , from the base of stare 'to stand'.

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