- a person or thing that stabilizes.
- Aeronautics. a device for stabilizing an aircraft, as the fixed, horizontal tail surface on an airplane.Compare horizontal stabilizer, vertical stabilizer.
- 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 substances added to foods, chemical compounds, etc., to prevent deterioration, the breaking down of an emulsion, or the loss of desirable properties.
- any compound that, when included with an explosive, decreases the ability of the latter to decompose spontaneously.
- a substance, as beeswax or aluminum stearate, added to a fast-drying oil paint to improve the dispersion of pigment.
- a comparatively large shock absorber for motor vehicles.
- 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.
- Navy. any of various devices or systems used to keep a submarine or a torpedo at the proper depth or in the proper position.
Origin of stabilizer
Related Words for stabilizerreferee, mediator, equilibrium, peacemaker, alleviator, stabilizer, pacifier, weight, support, stability, bracket, counterbalance, balance, brace, sandbag, counterweight, hand, vane, appendage, pinna
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
- 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
- a system of one or more pairs of fins projecting from the hull of a ship and controllable to counteract roll
- 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
1909 in aeronautical sense, agent noun from stabilize (v.).