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
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
b. not changing or fluctuating ; unvarying <
in stable condition
c. permanent, enduring <
stable civilizations
2. a. steady in purpose ; firm in resolution b. not subject to insecurity or emotional illness ; sane, rational <
a stable personality
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
(2) not spontaneously radioactive Synonyms: see lastingstableness nounstably adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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