- 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
intransitive verb-·bled, -·bling
- 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 stā- in Indo-European roots.
- 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 stā- 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"))