Definition of Stable

1. Noun. A farm building for housing horses or other livestock.

Exact synonyms: Horse Barn, Stalls
Specialized synonyms: Augean Stables
Generic synonyms: Farm Building
Specialized synonyms: Livery Stable
Terms within: Stall

2. Verb. Shelter in a stable. "They stable the animals"; "Stable horses"
Category relationships: Animal Husbandry
Generic synonyms: Shelter
Derivative terms: Stabling

3. Adjective. Resistant to change of position or condition. "Stable prices"

4. Adjective. Firm and dependable; subject to little fluctuation. "The economy is stable"
Similar to: Sound
Derivative terms: Stability, Stableness

5. Adjective. Not taking part readily in chemical change.
Similar to: Unreactive

6. Adjective. Maintaining equilibrium.
Similar to: Balanced

7. Adjective. Showing little if any change. "A static population"
Exact synonyms: Static, Unchanging
Similar to: Unchangeable
Derivative terms: Stability, Stableness, Unchangingness

Definition of Stable

1. a. Firmly established; not easily moved, shaken, or overthrown; fixed; as, a stable government.

2. v. t. To fix; to establish.

3. n. 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.

4. v. t. To put or keep in a stable.

5. v. i. To dwell or lodge in a stable; to dwell in an inclosed place; to kennel.

6. a. 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.

Definition of Stable

1. Noun. A building, wing or dependency set apart and adapted for lodging and feeding (and training) animals with hoofs, especially horses ¹

2. Noun. (metonymy) all the racehorses of a particular stable, i.e. belonging to a given owner. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) to put or keep (horse) in a stable. ¹

4. Verb. (rail transport transitive) to park (a rail vehicle) ¹

5. Adjective. Relatively unchanging, permanent; firmly fixed or established, consistent, not easily to be moved, changed, unbalanced, destroyed or altered in value. ¹

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Definition of Stable

1. resistant to sudden change or position or condition [adj -BLER, -BLEST] / to put in a stable (a shelter for domestic animals) [v -BLED, -BLING, -BLES]

Medical Definition of Stable

1. 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, 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. Synonym: Fixed, steady, constant, abiding, strong, durable, firm. Origin: OE. Estable, F. Stable, fr. L. Stabilis, fr. Stare to stand. See Stand, and cf. Establish. A house, shed, or building, for beasts to lodge and feed in; especially, a building or apartment with stalls, for horses; as, a horse stable; a cow stable. Stable fly, 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. Origin: OF. Estable, F. Etable, from L. Stabulum, fr. Stare to stand. See Stand. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Stable

stability conditions
stabilizer bar
stabilizing circumferential clasp arm
stabilizing fulcrum line
stable angina
stable boy
stable boys
stable colloid
stable companion
stable factor
stable flies
stable fly
stable fracture
stable gear
stable girl

Literary usage of Stable

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

1. The Phase Rule and Its Applications by Alexander Findlay (1904)
"The continuation of this curve, therefore, above 151° forms the stable fusion ... 5 represent the conditions for the stable existence of the single phases ..."

2. My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass (1855)
"In the stable you will find, kept only for pleasure, full thirty- five ... One of these men must be always in the stable, to answer every call from the ..."

3. Digest of the Law of Restrictions on the Use of Real Property by Claude Perrin Berry (1915)
"I cannot read into the covenant a restriction which the parties did not agree to." § 65. private stable. A restriction that "no building shall be erected ..."

4. Sportby C. M. van Stockum by C. M. van Stockum (1914)
"A course of twelve lectures to Officers and non-commissioned Officers, in connection with tbe study of tbe Manual of Horse and stable management, ..."

5. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1909)
"There was a boy in charge of the lot and stable who showed us a stall, ... I had no feed in my buggy, and expected to get the feed from the stable. ..."

6. The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains by Owen Wister (1904)
"The ranch, my resting-place for this night, was a ruin — cabin, stable, and corral. Yet after the twelve hours of pushing on and on through silence, ..."

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