Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Latin stabilis, stable; see stable.]

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From Latin stabilis ("firmly fixed or established")

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