adjective, sta·bler, sta·blest.
Origin of stable2
Synonyms for stable
Related Words for stablystrongly, thoroughly, rigidly, tightly, soundly, securely, solidly, hard, fast, inflexibly, solid, steadily, substantially, tight, enduringly, fixedly, stably, stiffly, unflinchingly
Examples from the Web for stably
Contemporary Examples of stably
And so we seem to be caught in what Bryan Caplan terms “a stably wasteful equilibrium”.More on Whether We're Paying too Much for College
September 11, 2012
Historical Examples of stably
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It is quite as stably in equilibrium with its axis pointing upward as when in the position shown in the diagram.Every-day Science: Volume VII. The Conquest of Time and Space
Henry Smith Williams
The king promised on his word to abide firmly and stably by what they should decree.A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times
Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
That earlier world was a world of barter and payment in kind, and it went slowly—and much more staidly and stably—for that reason.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind
Herbert George Wells
Indeed it could not have been stably solved without certain assurances from them.
- 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.