from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Resistant to change of position or condition; not easily moved or disturbed: a house built on stable ground; a stable platform.
- adj. Not subject to sudden or extreme change or fluctuation: a stable economy; a stable currency.
- adj. Maintaining equilibrium; self-restoring: a stable aircraft.
- adj. Enduring or permanent: a stable peace.
- adj. Consistently dependable; steadfast of purpose.
- adj. Not subject to mental illness or irrationality: a stable personality.
- adj. Physics Having no known mode of decay; indefinitely long-lived. Used of atomic particles.
- adj. Chemistry Not easily decomposed or otherwise modified chemically.
- n. A building for the shelter and feeding of domestic animals, especially horses and cattle.
- n. A group of animals lodged in such a building.
- n. All the racehorses belonging to a single owner or racing establishment. See Synonyms at flock1.
- n. The personnel employed to keep and train such a group of racehorses.
- n. A group, as of athletes or entertainers, under common management: a stable of prizefighters.
- transitive v. To put or keep in or as if in a stable.
- intransitive v. To live in or as if in a stable.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A building, wing or dependency set apart and adapted for lodging and feeding (and training) animals with hoofs, especially horses
- n. all the racehorses of a particular stable, i.e. belonging to a given owner.
- v. to put or keep (horse) in a stable.
- v. to park (a rail vehicle)
- adj. Relatively unchanging, permanent; firmly fixed or established, consistent, not easily to be moved, changed, unbalanced, destroyed or altered in value.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Firmly established; not easily moved, shaken, or overthrown; fixed.
- adj. Steady in purpose; constant; firm in resolution; not easily diverted from a purpose; not fickle or wavering.
- adj. Durable; not subject to overthrow or change; firm
- adj. So placed as to resist forces tending to cause motion; of such structure as to resist distortion or molecular or chemical disturbance; -- said of any body or substance.
- transitive v. To fix; to establish.
- n. A house, shed, or building, for beasts to lodge and feed in; esp., a building or apartment with stalls, for horses
- transitive v. To put or keep in a stable.
- intransitive v. To dwell or lodge in a stable; to dwell in an inclosed place; to kennel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A building or an inclosure in which horses, cattle, and other domestic animals are lodged, and which is furnished with stalls, troughs, racks, and bins to contain their food and necessary equipments; in a restricted sense, such a building for horses and cows only; in a still narrower and now the most usual sense, such a building for horses only.
- n. In racing slang, the horses belonging to a particular racing stable.
- To put or keep in a stable, as horses.
- To dwell or lodge in or as in a stable, as beasts.
- Firm; firmly fixed, settled, or established; that cannot be easily moved, shaken, or overthrown; steadfast: as, a stable structure; a stable government.
- Fixed; steady; constant; permanent.
- Fixed or firm in resolution or purpose; not wavering, fickle, or easily diverted: as, a man of stable character; also formerly, in a bad sense, obstinate; pertinacious.
- Synonyms and
- Durable, Permanent, etc. See lasting.
- To make stable; establish; ordain.
- To make steady, firm, or sure; support.
- To fix or hold fast, as in mire; mire; stall.
- To stand firm; be confirmed.
- In physical, being in equilibrium such that no displacement, distortion, or molecular or chemical change can be produced without the expenditure of work: said of a body which, when displaced, tends to return to its former position, or, when distorted, to its former shape, also of a substance which resists molecular or chemical change.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not taking part readily in chemical change
- v. shelter in a stable
- adj. resistant to change of position or condition
- n. a farm building for housing horses or other livestock
- adj. maintaining equilibrium
- adj. showing little if any change
- adj. firm and dependable; subject to little fluctuation
Middle English, from Old French estable, from Latin stabilis.
Middle English, from Old French estable, from Latin stabulum, stable, standing place.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin stabilis (itself from stare ("stand") + -abilis ("able")) (Wiktionary)