Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Immobile; unchangeable; stable.
  • n. An abstract sculpture, usually of sheet metal, resembling a mobile but having no moving parts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Abstract sculpture or structure of wire, sheet metal, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fixed; firm: noting, in electrotherapeutics, an electrode which is kept applied to one part, as distinguished from a labile electrode, which is moved about over the surface.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (chemistry, physics, biology) resistant to change
  • adj. not able or intended to be moved
  • n. a sculpture having fixed units (usually constructed of sheet metal) and attached to a fixed support

Etymologies

Latin stabilis, stable; see stable1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin stabilis ("firmly fixed or established") (Wiktionary)

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