- a person or thing that stabilizes.
- Aeronautics. a device for stabilizing an aircraft, as the fixed, horizontal tail surface on an airplane.Compare horizontal stabilizer, vertical stabilizer.
- a mechanical device for counteracting the roll of a vessel, consisting of a pair of retractable fins so pivoted as to oppose a downward force with an upward one, and vice versa.
- a gyrostabilizer.
- any of various substances added to foods, chemical compounds, etc., to prevent deterioration, the breaking down of an emulsion, or the loss of desirable properties.
- any compound that, when included with an explosive, decreases the ability of the latter to decompose spontaneously.
- a substance, as beeswax or aluminum stearate, added to a fast-drying oil paint to improve the dispersion of pigment.
- a comparatively large shock absorber for motor vehicles.
- any of various devices or systems that keep a gun mounted on a moving ship, tank, or plane automatically aimed at its target.
- any of various mechanical devices, such as fins, or electronic systems that keep a shell, bomb, rocket, etc., aligned with its target.
- Navy. any of various devices or systems used to keep a submarine or a torpedo at the proper depth or in the proper position.
Origin of stabilizer
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Examples from the Web for stabilizer
It eliminates the effectiveness of unemployment compensation as a built in stabilizer.The Daily Beast Manifesto Divides Economists
July 23, 2010
In practice the stabilizer is often set at no angle of incidence.The Aeroplane Speaks
I rolled the stabilizer, and that enabled me to pull the nose up.Test Pilot
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Centralite: not an explosive but a stabilizer and regulator.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
She's a bit out of control, but the stabilizer will keep her on a level keel.Tom Swift and his Air Scout
Another cut a main spar on one of my wings, and another hit my stabilizer, tearing it half in two.America's War for Humanity
Thomas Herbert Russell
- any device for stabilizing an aircraftSee also horizontal stabilizer, vertical stabilizer
- a substance added to something to maintain it in a stable or unchanging state, such as an additive to food to preserve its texture during distribution and storage
- a system of one or more pairs of fins projecting from the hull of a ship and controllable to counteract roll
- See gyrostabilizer
- either of a pair of brackets supporting a small wheel that can be fitted to the back wheel of a bicycle to help an inexperienced cyclist to maintain balance
- an electronic device for producing a direct current supply of constant voltage
- economics a measure, such as progressive taxation, interest-rate control, or unemployment benefit, used to restrict swings in prices, employment, production, etc, in a free economy
- a person or thing that stabilizes
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Word Origin and History for stabilizer
1909 in aeronautical sense, agent noun from stabilize (v.).
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