Origin of stabilizer

First recorded in 1905–10; stabilize + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of stabilizer

Historical Examples of stabilizer

  • In practice the stabilizer is often set at no angle of incidence.

  • I rolled the stabilizer, and that enabled me to pull the nose up.

    Test Pilot

    David Goodger (

  • Centralite: not an explosive but a stabilizer and regulator.

  • She's a bit out of control, but the stabilizer will keep her on a level keel.

  • Another cut a main spar on one of my wings, and another hit my stabilizer, tearing it half in two.

    America's War for Humanity

    Thomas Herbert Russell

British Dictionary definitions for stabilizer




any device for stabilizing an aircraftSee also horizontal stabilizer, vertical stabilizer
a substance added to something to maintain it in a stable or unchanging state, such as an additive to food to preserve its texture during distribution and storage
  1. a system of one or more pairs of fins projecting from the hull of a ship and controllable to counteract roll
  2. See gyrostabilizer
either of a pair of brackets supporting a small wheel that can be fitted to the back wheel of a bicycle to help an inexperienced cyclist to maintain balance
an electronic device for producing a direct current supply of constant voltage
economics a measure, such as progressive taxation, interest-rate control, or unemployment benefit, used to restrict swings in prices, employment, production, etc, in a free economy
a person or thing that stabilizes
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Word Origin and History for stabilizer

1909 in aeronautical sense, agent noun from stabilize (v.).

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