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Meaning of STABLE

Pronunciation:  'steybul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a farm building for housing horses or other livestock
  2. [adj]  showing little if any change; "a static population"
  3. [adj]  maintaining equilibrium
  4. [adj]  not taking part readily in chemical change
  5. [adj]  firm and dependable; subject to little fluctuation; "the economy is stable"
  6. [adj]  resistant to change of position or condition; "a stable ladder"; "a stable peace"; "a stable relationship"; "stable prices"
  7. [v]  shelter in a stable; "stable horses"

STABLE is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: balanced, firm, horse barn, lasting, sound, stabile, stabilised, stabilized, stalls, static, steady, unchangeable, unchanging, unfluctuating, unreactive
 Antonyms: unstable
 See Also: Augean stables, constant, farm building, livery stable, permanent, shelter, stall



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sta"ble\, a. (Physics)
    So placed as to resist forces tending to cause motion; of
    such structure as to resist distortion or molecular or
    chemical disturbance; -- said of any body or substance.
  2. \Sta"ble\, a. [OE. estable, F. stable, fr. L. stabilis,
    fr. stare to stand. See {Stand}, v. i. and cf. {Establish}.]
    1. Firmly established; not easily moved, shaken, or
       overthrown; fixed; as, a stable government.
             In this region of chance, . . . where nothing is
             stable.                               --Rogers.
    2. Steady in purpose; constant; firm in resolution; not
       easily diverted from a purpose; not fickle or wavering;
       as, a man of stable character.
             And to her husband ever meek and stable. --Chaucer.
    3. Durable; not subject to overthrow or change; firm; as, a
       stable foundation; a stable position.
    {Stable equibrium} (Mech.), the kind of equilibrium of a body
       so placed that if disturbed it returns to its former
       position, as in the case when the center of gravity is
       below the point or axis of support; -- opposed to
       {unstable equilibrium}, in which the body if disturbed
       does not tend to return to its former position, but to
       move farther away from it, as in the case of a body
       supported at a point below the center of gravity. Cf.
       {Neutral equilibrium}, under {Neutral}.
    Syn: Fixed; steady; constant; abiding; strong; durable; firm.
  3. \Sta"ble\, v. t.
    To fix; to establish. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  4. \Sta"ble\, n. [OF. estable, F. ['e]table, from L.
    stabulum, fr. stare to stand. See {Stand}, v. i.]
    A house, shed, or building, for beasts to lodge and feed in;
    esp., a building or apartment with stalls, for horses; as, a
    horse stable; a cow stable. --Milton.
    {Stable fly} (Zo["o]l.), a common dipterous fly ({Stomoxys
       calcitrans}) which is abundant about stables and often
       enters dwellings, especially in autumn. These files,
       unlike the common house files, which they resemble, bite
       severely, and are troublesome to horses and cattle.
  5. \Sta"ble\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stabled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To put or keep in a stable.
  6. \Sta"ble\, v. i.
    To dwell or lodge in a stable; to dwell in an inclosed place;
    to kennel. --Milton.