- The definition of stable is something steady that is not prone to change, someone who is level headed and who isn't subject to wild swings of emotion.
- An example of stable is a product that has a steady and unchanging price.
- An example of stable is a person who has a good handle on her life and her emotions.
- Stable is defined as a location where animals, especially horses, are housed.
An example of a stable is an area of a barn where horses live in their own individual stalls.
- not easily moved or thrown off balance; firm; steady
- not likely to break down, fall apart, or give way; fixed
- firm in character, purpose, or resolution; steadfast
- reliable, dependable
- not likely to change or be affected adversely; lasting; enduring
- emotionally steady; composed; self-possessed
- mentally sound; sane; rational
- capable of returning to equilibrium or original position after having been displaced
- not readily decomposing or changing from one state of matter to another
- not undergoing spontaneous change
- Nuclear Physics incapable of radioactive decay
Origin of stableMiddle English ; from Old French estable ; from Classical Latin stabilis ; from stare, to stand
- a building in which horses or cattle are sheltered and fed
- a group of animals kept or belonging in such a building
- all the racehorses belonging to one owner
- the people employed to take care of and train such a group of racehorses
- Informal all the athletes, writers, performers, etc. under one management, with one agent, etc.
Origin of stableMiddle English ; from Old French estable ; from Classical Latin stabulum ; from stare, to stand
- a. A building for the shelter and feeding of certain domestic animals, especially horses.b. A group of animals lodged in such a building.
- a. All the racehorses belonging to a single owner or racing establishment.b. The personnel employed to keep and train such a group of racehorses.
- A group, as of athletes or entertainers, under common management: a stable of prizefighters.
verbsta·bled, sta·bling, sta·bles
Origin of stableMiddle English, from Old French estable, from Latin stabulum, stable, standing place; see sta- in Indo-European roots.
- a. Resistant to change of position or condition; not easily moved or disturbed: a house built on stable ground; a stable platform.b. Not subject to sudden or extreme change or fluctuation: a stable economy; a stable currency.c. Maintaining equilibrium; self-restoring: a stable aircraft.
- Enduring or permanent: a stable peace.
- a. Consistent or dependable: She has been stable in her support for the project.b. Not showing or marked by erratic or volatile emotions or behavior: He remained stable even after he lost his job.
- Physics Having no known mode of decay; indefinitely long-lived. Used of atomic particles.
- Chemistry Not easily decomposed or otherwise modified chemically.
Origin of stableMiddle English, from Old French estable, from Latin stabilis; see sta- in Indo-European roots.
- A building, wing or dependency set apart and adapted for lodging and feeding (training) animals with hoofs, especially horses.
- There were stalls for fourteen horses in the squire's stables.
- (metonymically) All the racehorses of a particular stable, i.e. belonging to a given owner.
(third-person singular simple present stables, present participle stabling, simple past and past participle stabled)
- to put or keep (horse) in a stable.
- (rail transport) to park (a rail vehicle)
Middle English, from Old French estable, from Latin stabulum (“stall, stand")orMiddle English, from Anglo-Norman; Old French estable, from Latin stabilis (itself from stare (“stand") + -abilis (“able"))
(comparative stabler or more stable, superlative stablest or most stable)
- Relatively unchanging, permanent; firmly fixed or established; consistent; not easily moved, altered, or destroyed.
- He was in a stable relationship.
- a stable government
From Latin stabilis (itself from stare (“stand") + -abilis (“able"))