Stable meaning

stā'bəl
To live in a stable.
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Having no known mode of decay; indefinitely long-lived. Used of atomic particles.
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Not easily decomposed or otherwise modified chemically.
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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.
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Relatively unchanging, permanent; firmly fixed or established; consistent; not easily moved, altered, or destroyed.

He was in a stable relationship.

A stable government.

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Not showing or marked by erratic or volatile emotions or behavior.
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(metonymically) All the racehorses of a particular stable, i.e. belonging to a given owner.
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To put or keep (horse) in a stable.
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(rail transport) To park (a rail vehicle)
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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.

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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.

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Enduring or permanent.

A stable peace.

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Not easily decomposed or otherwise modified chemically.
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A group, as of athletes or entertainers, under common management.

A stable of prizefighters.

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To put or keep in a stable.
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Not likely to change or be affected adversely; lasting; enduring.
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Capable of returning to equilibrium or original position after having been displaced.
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Incapable of radioactive decay.
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All the athletes, writers, performers, etc. under one management, with one agent, etc.
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To lodge, keep, or be kept in or as in a stable.
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Resistant to change of position or condition.
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Having no known mode of decay; indefinitely long-lived. Used of atomic particles.
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Relating to a chemical compound that does not easily decompose or change into other compounds. Water is an example of a stable compound.
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Relating to an atom or chemical element that is unlikely to share electrons with another atom or element.
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Not likely to change significantly or to deteriorate suddenly, as an individual's medical condition.
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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.

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Origin of stable

  • Middle English from Old French estable from Latin stabulum stable, standing place stā- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English from Old French estable from Latin stabilis stā- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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"))
    From Wiktionary
  • From Latin stabilis (itself from stare (“stand") + -abilis (“able"))
    From Wiktionary