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stabilize

[stey-buh-lahyz]
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verb (used with object), sta·bi·lized, sta·bi·liz·ing.
  1. to make or hold stable, firm, or steadfast.
  2. to maintain at a given or unfluctuating level or quantity: The government will try to stabilize the cost of living.
  3. Aeronautics. to put or keep (an aircraft) in stable equilibrium, as by some special device.
verb (used without object), sta·bi·lized, sta·bi·liz·ing.
  1. to become stabilized.
Also especially British, sta·bi·lise.

Origin of stabilize

1860–65; stabile + -ize; compare French stabiliser
Related formsre·sta·bi·lize, verb (used with object), re·sta·bi·lized, re·sta·bi·liz·ing.self-sta·bi·lized, adjectiveself-sta·bi·liz·ing, adjectiveun·sta·bi·lized, adjectiveun·sta·bi·liz·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unstabilized

Historical Examples

  • Suppose the unstabilized copper were treated with a very weak current, not strong enough to explode it?

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    Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby

  • All varietal forms at present are as yet unstabilized (most varieties of 10 years ago have been discarded).


British Dictionary definitions for unstabilized

stabilize

stabilise

verb
  1. to make or become stable or more stable
  2. to keep or be kept stable
  3. to put or keep (an aircraft, vessel, etc) in equilibrium by one or more special devices, or (of an aircraft, vessel, etc) to become stable
Derived Formsstabilization or stabilisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for unstabilized

stabilize

v.

1861, originally of ships; probably a back-formation from stability. Related: Stabilized; stabilizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

unstabilized in Medicine

stabilize

([object Object])
v.
  1. To bring to or reach a stable or steadfast state.
Related formssta′bi•li•zation (-lĭ-zāshən) n.
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