Definition of Stability

1. Noun. The quality or attribute of being firm and steadfast.

Exact synonyms: Stableness
Generic synonyms: Firmness, Steadiness
Antonyms: Instability, Unstableness
Derivative terms: Stable, Stable, Stable, Stable

2. Noun. A stable order (especially of society).
Generic synonyms: Order
Antonyms: Instability

3. Noun. The quality of being enduring and free from change or variation. "Early mariners relied on the constancy of the trade winds"
Exact synonyms: Constancy
Generic synonyms: Changelessness, Unchangeability, Unchangeableness, Unchangingness
Specialized synonyms: Invariance, Metastability, Monotony
Attributes: Constant, Inconstant
Derivative terms: Constant, Stable, Stable
Antonyms: Inconstancy

Definition of Stability

1. n. The state or quality of being stable, or firm; steadiness; firmness; strength to stand without being moved or overthrown; as, the stability of a structure; the stability of a throne or a constitution.

Definition of Stability

1. Noun. The condition of being stable or in equilibrium, and thus resistant to change ¹

2. Noun. The tendency to recover from perturbations ¹

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Definition of Stability

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Medical Definition of Stability

1. The quality of maintaining a constant character in the presence of forces which threaten to disturb it, resistance to change. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Stability

stabilised baseplate
stability (current term)
stability conditions
stabilizer bar
stabilizing circumferential clasp arm
stabilizing fulcrum line

Literary usage of Stability

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Nature by Norman Lockyer (1877)
"Even by introducing such considerations as Mr. Barnaby adduces in the foot-note he only claims for his curve of stability with the cork in a range of 35 ..."

2. The Engineering Index Annual for by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1915)
"Initial stability, effect of modern requirements of ships, ... 63787 A. On the Procedure of Calculating stability (Ueber die Ausfiihrung von Sta- ..."

3. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1911)
"Distinction to be made between inherent and automatic stability of aeroplanes. ... Maintaining the stability of aeroplanes by means of gyroscopes. 11. ..."

4. Concepts of Philosophy by Alexander Thomas Ormond (1906)
"Uniformity, in the sense we have conceived, might be possible without stability. At least there is something more than uniformity involved in stability. ..."

5. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1895)
"The following Communications were made to the Society : (1) Note on the stability of rotating liquid spheroids. By GH BRYAN, MA, St Peter's College. ..."

6. The Tariff History of the United States by Frank William Taussig (1914)
"This comparative stability was the result of various causes. ... Political stability hence would not seem to be essential to tariff stability. ..."

7. Europe and America Beyond 2000 by Pierre Hassner, Gregory F. Treverton (1990)
"As the situation in Europe becomes more stable, more attention will be devoted to protecting that stability from the turmoil of "out-of-area" conflicts, ..."

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