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.adjective
- 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.noun
An example of a stable is an area of a barn where horses live in their own individual stalls.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- 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
- Chem., Physics
- not readily decomposing or changing from one state of matter to another
- not undergoing spontaneous change
- Nuclear Physics incapable of radioactive decay
Origin: ME < OFr estable < L stabilis < stare, to stand
- stably adverb
- 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: ME < OFr estable < L stabulum < stare, to stand
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adjective sta·bler, sta·blest
- 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. Consistently dependable; steadfast of purpose.b. Not subject to mental illness or irrationality: a stable personality.
- Physics Having no known mode of decay; indefinitely long-lived. Used of atomic particles.
- Chemistry Not easily decomposed or otherwise modified chemically.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French estable, from Latin stabilis; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
- staˈble·ness noun
- staˈbly adverb
- a. A building for the shelter and feeding of domestic animals, especially horses and cattle.b. A group of animals lodged in such a building.
- a. All the racehorses belonging to a single owner or racing establishment. See Synonyms at flock1.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.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French estable, from Latin stabulum, stable, standing place; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
stable - Medical Definition
- Resistant to change of position or condition.
- Not subject to mental illness or irrationality.
- Having no known mode of decay; indefinitely long-lived. Used of atomic particles.
- Not easily decomposed or otherwise modified chemically.
stable - Phrases/IdiomsThe American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
stable - Science Definition
- Not susceptible to a process of decay, such as radioactivity. For example, the most common isotope of carbon, carbon 12, is stable. Protons and photons are examples of stable subatomic particles. See more at decay.
- Relating to a chemical compound that does not easily decompose or change into other compounds. Water is an example of a stable compound.
- Relating to an atom or chemical element that is unlikely to share electrons with another atom or element.
- Not likely to change significantly or to deteriorate suddenly, as an individual's medical condition.
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