- to make or hold stable, firm, or steadfast.
- to maintain at a given or unfluctuating level or quantity: The government will try to stabilize the cost of living.
- Aeronautics. to put or keep (an aircraft) in stable equilibrium, as by some special device.
- to become stabilized.
Origin of stabilize
Related Wordspreserve, secure, fix, steady, maintain, sustain, balance, firm, stiffen, set, counterbalance, buttress, counterpoise, support, poise, freeze, settle, bolt, equalize, uphold
Examples from the Web for stabilizing
The elections are seen as a crucial step in stabilizing Ukraine and represent a chance to stop the fracturing of the country.Desperate Violence Before Ukraine Vote
May 22, 2014
Her brand of anarchy in fact seems to have a stabilizing effect on other more volatile attractions in her life.This Week’s Hot Reads: May 13, 2013
Mythili Rao, Sarah Stodola
May 13, 2013
Speaking of stabilizing governments, I've been working hard to stabilize mine.The Clinton Speech That Never Was
April 26, 2013
This event calls for marriage as institution open to all who wish to accept its stabilizing, limiting confines.Thank You, President Obama
March 26, 2013
We talk about stabilizing waste and vitrification and Yucca Mountain—20-, and 30-, and 40-year timelines.At the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a Steady Drip of Toxic Trouble
February 24, 2013
Maybe he didn't let his stabilizing rotors have time to lock in.The Best Made Plans
Everett B. Cole
If the stabilizing mechanisms were there, why not use them always?The Impossible Voyage Home
Floyd L. Wallace
Aeroplane—A power-driven aerofoil with stabilizing and controlling surfaces.The Aeroplane Speaks
Stabilizing shaft, repeated Andy, memorizing, and the name of the airship painted on that big paddle is the Eagle.Airship Andy
Frank V. Webster
Also a number of automatic balancing and stabilizing devices have been brought out.The Boy's Book of New Inventions
Harry E. Maule
- to make or become stable or more stable
- to keep or be kept stable
- to put or keep (an aircraft, vessel, etc) in equilibrium by one or more special devices, or (of an aircraft, vessel, etc) to become stable
Word Origin and History for stabilizing
1861, originally of ships; probably a back-formation from stability. Related: Stabilized; stabilizing.
- To bring to or reach a stable or steadfast state.