from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state or quality of being stable, especially:
- n. Resistance to change, deterioration, or displacement.
- n. Constancy of character or purpose; steadfastness.
- n. Reliability; dependability.
- n. The ability of an object, such as a ship or aircraft, to maintain equilibrium or resume its original, upright position after displacement, as by the sea or strong winds.
- n. Roman Catholic Church A vow committing a Benedictine monk to one monastery for life.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The condition of being stable or in equilibrium, and thus resistant to change
- n. The tendency to recover from perturbations
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state or quality of being stable, or firm; steadiness; stableness; firmness; strength to stand without being moved or overthrown
- n. Steadiness or firmness of character; firmness of resolution or purpose; the quality opposite to
fickleness, irresolution, or inconstancy; constancy; steadfastness.
- n. Fixedness; -- as opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or property of being stable or firm; strength to stand and resist overthrow or change; stableness; firmness: as, the stability of a building, of a government, or of a system.
- n. Steadiness or firmness, as of purpose or resolution; fixity of character; steadfastness: the opposite of fickleness and inconstancy.
- n. Fixedness, as opposed to fluidity.
- n. Continuance in the same state; permanence; specifically, an additional or fourth vow of continuance in the same profession, and residence for life in the same monastery, imposed upon monks by the Benedictine rule.
- n. That character of equilibrium, or of a body in equilibrium, in virtue of which, if the position is disturbed, it tends to be restored.
- n. Synonyms and
- n. Immobility, permanence. See stable.
- n. Molecular stability, permanence of condition as regards the arrangement of the molecules: said of metals which, by repeated annealing, have been brought into a state in which further changes of dimensions or structure do not occur.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of being enduring and free from change or variation
- n. a stable order (especially of society)
- n. the quality or attribute of being firm and steadfast
Middle English, from Old French stabilité, from Latin root of stabilitas ("firmness, steadfastness"), from stabilis ("steadfast, firm") (Wiktionary)