- a mechanical device for counteracting the roll of a vessel, consisting of a pair of retractable fins so pivoted as to oppose a downward force with an upward one, and vice versa.
- a gyrostabilizer.
- any of various devices or systems that keep a gun mounted on a moving ship, tank, or plane automatically aimed at its target.
- any of various mechanical devices, such as fins, or electronic systems that keep a shell, bomb, rocket, etc., aligned with its target.
Origin of stabilizer
Examples from the Web for stabilizer
Contemporary Examples of stabilizer
It eliminates the effectiveness of unemployment compensation as a built in stabilizer.The Daily Beast Manifesto Divides Economists
July 23, 2010
Historical Examples of stabilizer
In practice the stabilizer is often set at no angle of incidence.The Aeroplane Speaks
I rolled the stabilizer, and that enabled me to pull the nose up.Test Pilot
David Goodger (email@example.com)
Centralite: not an explosive but a stabilizer and regulator.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
She's a bit out of control, but the stabilizer will keep her on a level keel.Tom Swift and his Air Scout
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
- a system of one or more pairs of fins projecting from the hull of a ship and controllable to counteract roll
- See gyrostabilizer
1909 in aeronautical sense, agent noun from stabilize (v.).