Meaning of STABLE in English


stable 1

— stablelike , adj.

/stay"beuhl/ , n. , v. , stabled, stabling .


1. a building for the lodging and feeding of horses, cattle, etc.

2. such a building with stalls.

3. a collection of animals housed in such a building.

4. Horse Racing.

a. an establishment where racehorses are kept and trained.

b. the horses belonging to, or the persons connected with, such an establishment.

5. Informal.

a. a number of people, usually in the same profession, who are employed, trained, or represented by the same company, agency, manager, etc.: a comedy show with a large stable of writers.

b. the establishment that trains or manages such a group of people: two boxers from the same stable.

c. a collection of items produced by or belonging to an establishment, industry, profession, or the like: The American auto industry has some new small cars in its stable.


6. to put or lodge in or as if in a stable.


7. to live in or as if in a stable.

[ 1200-50; ME stable estable stabulum standing room, equiv. to sta-, s. of stare to STAND + -bulum n. suffix denoting place ]

Syn. 1. barn, mews.

stable 2

— stableness , n. — stably , adv.

/stay"beuhl/ , adj., stabler, stablest .

1. not likely to fall or give way, as a structure, support, foundation, etc.; firm; steady.

2. able or likely to continue or last; firmly established; enduring or permanent: a stable government.

3. resistant to sudden change or deterioration: A stable economy is the aim of every government.

4. steadfast; not wavering or changeable, as in character or purpose; dependable.

5. not subject to emotional instability or illness; sane; mentally sound.

6. Physics. having the ability to react to a disturbing force by maintaining or reestablishing position, form, etc.

7. Chem. not readily decomposing, as a compound; resisting molecular or chemical change.

8. (of a patient's condition) exhibiting no significant change.

[ 1225-75; ME estable stabilis STABILE ]

Syn. 1. fixed, strong, sturdy. 4. invariable, unvarying, staunch, constant, reliable, steady, solid.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .