stable

1
[ stey-buhl ]
/ ˈsteɪ bəl /

noun

verb (used with object), sta·bled, sta·bling.

to put or lodge in or as if in a stable.

verb (used without object), sta·bled, sta·bling.

to live in or as if in a stable.

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Origin of stable

1
1200–50; Middle English stable < Old French estable < Latin stabulum standing room, equivalent to sta-, stem of stāre to stand + -bulum noun suffix denoting place
Related formssta·ble·like, adjectiveun·sta·bled, adjective

Definition for stable (2 of 2)

stable

2
[ stey-buhl ]
/ ˈsteɪ bəl /

adjective, sta·bler, sta·blest.

Origin of stable

2
1225–75; Middle English < Old French estable < Latin stabilis stabile
Related formssta·ble·ness, nounsta·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for stable (1 of 2)

stable

1
/ (ˈsteɪbəl) /

noun

verb

to put, keep, or be kept in a stable

Word Origin for stable

C13: from Old French estable cowshed, from Latin stabulum shed, from stāre to stand

British Dictionary definitions for stable (2 of 2)

stable

2
/ (ˈsteɪbəl) /

adjective

steady in position or balance; firm
lasting or permanenta stable relationship
steadfast or firm of purpose
(of an elementary particle, atomic nucleus, etc) not undergoing decay; not radioactivea stable nuclide
(of a chemical compound) not readily partaking in a chemical change
(of electronic equipment) with no tendency to self-oscillation
Derived Formsstableness, nounstably, adverb

Word Origin for stable

C13: from Old French estable, from Latin stabilis steady, from stāre to stand
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Medicine definitions for stable

stable

[ stābəl ]

adj.

Resistant to change of position or condition.
Not subject to mental illness or irrationality.
Having no known mode of decay; indefinitely long-lived. Used of atomic particles.
Not easily decomposed or otherwise modified chemically.
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Science definitions for stable

stable

[ stābəl ]

Not susceptible to a process of decay, such as radioactivity. For example, the most common isotope of carbon, carbon 12, is stable. Protons and photons are examples of stable subatomic particles. See more at decay.
Relating to a chemical compound that does not easily decompose or change into other compounds. Water is an example of a stable compound.
Relating to an atom or chemical element that is unlikely to share electrons with another atom or element.
Not likely to change significantly or to deteriorate suddenly, as an individual's medical condition.
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Idioms and Phrases with stable

stable


see lock the barn (stable) door after the horse has bolted.

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