a building for the lodging and feeding of horses, cattle, etc.
such a building with stalls.
a collection of animals housed in such a building.
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), stabled, stabling.
to put or lodge in or as if in a stable.
verb (used without object), stabled, stabling.
to live in or as if in a stable.
adjective, stabler, stablest.
not likely to fall or give way, as a structure, support, foundation, etc.; firm; steady.
able or likely to continue or last; firmly established; enduring or permanent:
a stable government.
resistant to sudden change or deterioration:
A stable economy is the aim of every government.
steadfast; not wavering or changeable, as in character or purpose; dependable.
not subject to emotional instability or illness; sane; mentally sound.
Physics. having the ability to react to a disturbing force by maintaining or reestablishing position, form, etc.
Chemistry. not readily decomposing, as a compound; resisting molecular or chemical change.
(of a patient’s condition) exhibiting no significant change.
a building, usually consisting of stalls, for the lodging of horses or other livestock
the animals lodged in such a building, collectively
the racehorses belonging to a particular establishment or owner
the establishment itself
(as modifier): stable companion
(informal) a source of training, such as a school, theatre, etc: the two athletes were out of the same stable
a number of people considered as a source of a particular talent: a stable of writers
(modifier) of, relating to, or suitable for a stable: stable manners
to put, keep, or be kept in a stable
steady in position or balance; firm
lasting or permanent: a stable relationship
steadfast or firm of purpose
(of an elementary particle, atomic nucleus, etc) not undergoing decay; not radioactive: a stable nuclide
(of a chemical compound) not readily partaking in a chemical change
(of electronic equipment) with no tendency to self-oscillation
stable sta·ble (stā’bəl)
adj. sta·bler, sta·blest
Resistant to change of position or condition.
Not subject to mental illness or irrationality.
Having no known mode of decay; indefinitely long-lived. Used of atomic particles.
Not easily decomposed or otherwise modified chemically.
Not susceptible to a process of decay, such as radioactivity. For example, the most common isotope of carbon, carbon 12, is stable. Protons and photons are examples of stable subatomic particles. See more at decay.
Relating to a chemical compound that does not easily decompose or change into other compounds. Water is an example of a stable compound.
Relating to an atom or chemical element that is unlikely to share electrons with another atom or element.
Not likely to change significantly or to deteriorate suddenly, as an individual’s medical condition.
see: lock the barn (stable) door after the horse has bolted
noun 1. a person who works in a stable. noun (pl) -boys, -men 1. a boy or man who works in a stable
- SRY gene
noun, Genetics. 1. a sex-determining gene on the Y chromosome in mammals that determines maleness and is essential for development of the testes.
noun 1. a two-winged fly, Stomoxys calcitrans, having the mouthparts adapted for biting, and commonly a household and stable pest. noun 1. a blood-sucking muscid fly, Stomoxys calcitrans, that attacks man and domestic animals
noun 1. (golf) a scoring system in which points are awarded according to the number of strokes taken at each hole, whereby a hole completed in one stroke over par counts as one point, a hole completed in level par counts as two points, etc (as modifier): a Stableford competition Compare match play, stroke play