stable
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French estable, stable, from Latin stabulum, from stare to stand — more at stand Date: 13th century 1. a building in which domestic animals are sheltered and fed; especially such a building having stalls or compartments <
a horse stable
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2. a. the racehorses of one owner b. a group of people (as athletes, writers, or performers) under one management c. the racing cars of one owner d. group, collectionstableman noun II. verb (stabled; stabling) Date: 14th century transitive verb to put or keep in a stable intransitive verb to dwell in or as if in a stable III. adjective (stabler; stablest) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French estable, stable, from Latin stabilis, from stare to stand Date: 13th century 1. a. firmly established ; fixed, steadfast <
stable opinions
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b. not changing or fluctuating ; unvarying <
in stable condition
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c. permanent, enduring <
stable civilizations
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2. a. steady in purpose ; firm in resolution b. not subject to insecurity or emotional illness ; sane, rational <
a stable personality
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3. a. (1) placed so as to resist forces tending to cause motion or change of motion (2) designed so as to develop forces that restore the original condition when disturbed from a condition of equilibrium or steady motion b. (1) not readily altering in chemical makeup or physical state <
stable emulsions
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(2) not spontaneously radioactive Synonyms: see lastingstableness nounstably adverb

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  • Stable — Sta ble, n. [OF. estable, F. [ e]table, from L. stabulum, fr. stare to stand. See {Stand}, v. i.] A house, shed, or building, for beasts to lodge and feed in; esp., a building or apartment with stalls, for horses; as, a horse stable; a cow stable …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Stable — Sta ble, v. i. To dwell or lodge in a stable; to dwell in an inclosed place; to kennel. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stable — Sta ble, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stabled} ( b ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Stabling} ( bl[i^]ng).] To put or keep in a stable. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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