Meaning of STABLE in English

I. ˈstā-bəl noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French estable, stable, from Latin stabulum, from stare to stand — more at stand

Date: 13th century

1. : a building in which domestic animals are sheltered and fed ; especially : such a building having stalls or compartments

a horse stable


a. : the racehorses of one owner

b. : a group of people (as athletes, writers, or performers) under one management

c. : the racing cars of one owner

d. : group , collection

• sta·ble·man -mən, -ˌman noun

II. verb

( sta·bled ; sta·bling -b(ə-)liŋ)

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

: to put or keep in a stable

intransitive verb

: to dwell in or as if in a stable

III. adjective

( sta·bler -b(ə-)lər ; sta·blest -b(ə-)ləst)

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

Date: 13th century


a. : firmly established : fixed , steadfast

stable opinions

b. : not changing or fluctuating : unvarying

in stable condition

c. : permanent , enduring

stable civilizations


a. : steady in purpose : firm in resolution

b. : not subject to insecurity or emotional illness : sane , rational

a stable personality



(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


(1) : not readily altering in chemical makeup or physical state

stable emulsions

(2) : not spontaneously radioactive

Synonyms: see lasting

• sta·ble·ness -bəl-nəs noun

• sta·bly -b(ə-)lē adverb

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