[ adjective stey-bil, -buh l or, esp. British, -bahyl; noun stey-beel or, esp. British, -bahyl ]
/ adjective ˈsteɪ bɪl, -bəl or, esp. British, -baɪl; noun ˈsteɪ bil or, esp. British, -baɪl /


fixed in position; stable.
Medicine/Medical. resistant to physical or chemical changes.


a piece of abstract sculpture having immobile units constructed of sheet metal, wire, or other material and attached to fixed supports.Compare mobile(def 10).

Nearby words

  1. stab.,
  2. stabat mater,
  3. stabbing,
  4. stabbingly,
  5. stabilate,
  6. stabilimeter,
  7. stability,
  8. stability pact,
  9. stabilization,
  10. stabilization fund

Origin of stabile

1790–1800; < Latin: neuter of stabilis, equivalent to sta- (stem of stāre to stand) + -bilis -ble

Related formsnon·sta·bile, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for stabile


/ (ˈsteɪbaɪl) /


arts a stationary abstract construction, usually of wire, metal, wood, etcCompare mobile (def. 6a)


fixed; stable
resistant to chemical change

Word Origin for stabile

C18: from Latin stabilis

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Medicine definitions for stabile


[ stābĭl, -bəl, -bīl′, -bēl′ ]


Resistant to change; stable; steady.

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