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

  • n. One that makes or keeps something stable: "The New Deal equipped the economy with built-in stabilizers” ( Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)
  • n. A device, such as a gyroscopically controlled fin, that prevents excessive rolling of a ship in heavy seas.
  • n. An airfoil that stabilizes an aircraft or missile in flight.
  • n. Chemistry A substance that renders or maintains a solution, mixture, suspension, or state resistant to chemical change.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Agent noun of stabilize; any person or thing which brings stability.
  • n. Any substance added to something in order to stabilize it.
  • n. A gyroscopically controlled fin or similar device that prevents the excess rolling of a ship in rough seas.
  • n. An airfoil that stabilizes the flight of an aircraft or missile.
  • n. A piece of backing fabric used in embroidery.
  • n. training wheels on a child's bicycle.

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

  • n. a chemical that is added to a solution or mixture or suspension to maintain it in a stable or unchanging state
  • n. a device for making something stable
  • n. airfoil consisting of a device for stabilizing an aircraft

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