stabilizer
noun Date: circa 1909 one that stabilizes something: as a. a substance added to another substance (as an explosive or plastic) or to a system (as an emulsion) to prevent or retard an unwanted alteration of physical state b. a gyroscope device to keep ships steady in a heavy sea c. an airfoil providing stability for an airplane; specifically the fixed horizontal member of the tail assembly — see airplane illustration

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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