Meaning of STABLE in English


1. adj. (stabler, stablest)

1. firmly fixed or established; not easily adjusted, destroyed, or altered (a stable structure; a stable government).

2 firm, resolute; not wavering or fickle (a stable and steadfast friend).

3 Chem. (of a compound) not readily decomposing.

4 Physics (of an isotope) not subject to radioactive decay.

Phrases and idioms:

stable equilibrium a state in which a body when disturbed tends to return to equilibrium.


stableness n. stably adv.

Etymology: ME f. AF stable, OF estable f. L stabilis f. stare stand 2. n. & v.


1. a building set apart and adapted for keeping horses.

2 an establishment where racehorses are kept and trained.

3 the racehorses of a particular stable.

4 persons, products, etc., having a common origin or affiliation.

5 such an origin or affiliation. put or keep (a horse) in a stable.

Phrases and idioms:

stable-boy a boy employed in a stable. stable-companion (or -mate)

1. a horse of the same stable.

2 a member of the same organization. stable-girl a girl employed in a stable. stable-lad a person employed in a stable.


stableful n. (pl. -fuls).

Etymology: ME f. OF estable f. L stabulum f. stare stand

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.