[ stey-buh-lahyz ]
/ ˈsteɪ bəˌlaɪz /
verb (used with object), sta·bi·lized, sta·bi·liz·ing.
to make or hold stable, firm, or steadfast.
to maintain at a given or unfluctuating level or quantity: The government will try to stabilize the cost of living.
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.
to become stabilized.
Also especially British, sta·bi·lise.
re·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, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stabilise
/ (ˈsteɪbɪˌlaɪz) /
to make or become stable or more stable
to keep or be kept stable
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 stabilise
1861, originally of ships; probably a back-formation from stability. Related: Stabilized; stabilizing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Medicine definitions for stabilise
[ stā′bə-līz′ ]
To bring to or reach a stable or steadfast state.
Related formssta′bi•li•za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
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