Meaning of STABLE in English

STABLE

n.

Function: adjective

Inflected Form: sta · bler \ -b( ə -)l ə r \ ; sta · blest \ -b( ə -)l ə st \

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French estable, stable, from Latin stabilis, from stare to stand

Date: 13th century

1 a : firmly established : FIXED , STEADFAST < stable opinions> b : not changing or fluctuating : UNVARYING <in stable condition> c : PERMANENT , ENDURING < stable civilizations>

2 a : steady in purpose : firm in resolution b : not subject to insecurity or emotional illness : SANE , RATIONAL <a stable personality>

3 a (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

synonyms see LASTING

– sta · ble · ness \ -b ə l-n ə s \ noun

– sta · bly \ -b( ə -)l ē \ adverb

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