- 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.
Examples from the Web for stabilizer
It eliminates the effectiveness of unemployment compensation as a built in stabilizer.
A man crawled over the tail assembly and found one small hole in the fabric of the stabilizer.Space Platform|Murray Leinster
Before their eyes they saw the stabilizer fin melt and curl under the intense heat of the bomb.
It is thus looked on by these advocates as a stabilizer which reduces the amplitude of variations instead of increasing them.Being Well-Born|Michael F. Guyer
He and the three cadets stared out at a small metallic boxlike object attached to the underside of the stabilizer fin.
Adjusting the stabilizer of his ship so that she was slightly nose heavy, the pilot headed his plane toward a near-by woods.The Flying Reporter|Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
British Dictionary definitions for stabilizer
- a system of one or more pairs of fins projecting from the hull of a ship and controllable to counteract roll
- See gyrostabilizer
Word Origin and History for stabilizer
1909 in aeronautical sense, agent noun from stabilize (v.).