[ 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).

Origin of stabile

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

Related forms

non·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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