[adjective stey-bil, -buh l or, esp. British, -bahyl; noun stey-beel or, esp. British, -bahyl]
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  1. 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).

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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for stabile


  1. arts a stationary abstract construction, usually of wire, metal, wood, etcCompare mobile (def. 6a)
  1. fixed; stable
  2. resistant to chemical change

Word Origin for stabile

C18: from Latin stabilis
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stabile in Medicine


[stābĭl, -bəl, -bīl′, -bēl′]
  1. Resistant to change; stable; steady.
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