- staccato mark
Origin of stabling
- an establishment where racehorses are kept and trained.
- the horses belonging to, or the persons connected with, such an establishment.
- a number of people, usually in the same profession, who are employed, trained, or represented by the same company, agency, manager, etc.: a comedy show with a large stable of writers.
- the establishment that trains or manages such a group of people: two boxers from the same stable.
- a collection of items produced by or belonging to an establishment, industry, profession, or the like: The American auto industry has some new small cars in its stable.
verb (used with object), sta·bled, sta·bling.
verb (used without object), sta·bled, sta·bling.
Origin of stable1
Examples from the Web for stabling
Then for one thing there was stabling for only forty horses; and of course, as I told them, this would never do.Trivia|Logan Pearsall Smith
Mr. Gresley was stabling his bicycle in the hall as she crossed it.Red Pottage|Mary Cholmondeley
The rent is three hundred pounds a year; there are fifty acres of pasture, and stabling for thirty horses.Spring Days|George Moore
A farm cultivated in grain chiefly requires but little room for stabling purposes.Cattle and Their Diseases|Robert Jennings
Even the very avenues and walks were converted into stabling.Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete|Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
- the racehorses belonging to a particular establishment or owner
- the establishment itself
- (as modifier)stable companion
Word Origin for stable
Word Origin for stable
"building where horses or cows are kept," early 13c., "building for domestic animals," from Old French estable "a stable, stall" (also applied to cowsheds and pigsties), from Latin stabulum "a stall, fold, aviary, etc." literally "a standing place," from stem of stare "to stand" (see stet).
Meaning "collection of horses belonging to one stable is attested from 1570s; transferred sense of "group of fighters under same management" is from 1897; that of "group of prostitutes working for the same employer" is from 1937.
For what the grete Stiede
Is stole, thanne he taketh hiede,
And makth the stable dore fast.
[John Gower, "Confessio Amantis," 1390]
"steadfast, firm," mid-13c., from Old French estable, from Latin stabilis "firm, steadfast," literally "able to stand," from stem of stare "to stand" (see stet). Physical sense of "secure against falling" is recorded from late 14c. Of nuclear isotopes, from 1904.
"to put (a horse) in a stable," early 14c., from stable (n.). Related: Stabled; stabling.
see lock the barn (stable) door after the horse has bolted.