- the state or quality of being stable.
- firmness in position.
- continuance without change; permanence.
- Chemistry. resistance or the degree of resistance to chemical change or disintegration.
- resistance to change, especially sudden change or deterioration: The stability of the economy encourages investment.
- steadfastness; constancy, as of character or purpose: The job calls for a great deal of emotional stability.
- Aeronautics. the ability of an aircraft to return to its original flying position when abruptly displaced.
- Roman Catholic Church. a vow taken by a Benedictine monk, binding him to residence for life in the same monastery in which he made the vow.
Origin of stability
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Examples from the Web for stability
But that stability can be withdrawn as easily as it was granted.Cambodia’s Smoke-and-Mirrors Democracy
January 9, 2015
One specific kind of emergency is at the heart of this, such as when an airplane suffers a loss of stability at night.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
January 4, 2015
The pyramids of Meroe await a day when stability will allow outsiders to peek at a forgotten ancient kingdom.Egypt Ain’t The Only Pyramid Show In Town
December 11, 2014
A Shiite stronghold wrapped in a Sunni explosive belt—not exactly a picture of stability.The Nuclear Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most
November 22, 2014
In a country where stability is still fragile and requires careful tending, Ebola is a wrecking ball.Liberia’s Ebola Famine
Abby Haglage, Nina Strochlic
November 13, 2014
The stability of the Whig administration, then in power, depended upon the results.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Then, again, variety of climate should always go with stability of abode.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times.Time's Laughingstocks
Did kind Fates design it as a guarantee of peace and stability?Mountain Meditations
But neither can thought or mind be devoid of some principle of rest or stability.Sophist
- the quality of being stable
- the ability of an aircraft to resume its original flight path after inadvertent displacement
- the condition of an air or water mass characterized by no upward movement
- the degree of susceptibility of an air mass to disturbance by convection currents
- ecology the ability of an ecosystem to resist change
- electrical engineering the ability of an electrical circuit to cope with changes in the operational conditions
- a vow taken by every Benedictine monk attaching him perpetually to the monastery where he is professed
Word Origin and History for stability
mid-14c., "firmness of resolve, mental equilibrium" (of persons), from Old French stableté, from Latin stabilitatem (nominative stabilitas) "firmness, steadfastness," from stabilis "steadfast, firm" (see stable (adj.)). In physical sense, "difficult to overthrow," it is recorded from early 15c.
- The condition of being stable or resistant to change.