Definitions for stableˈsteɪ bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sta•bleˈsteɪ bəl(n.; v.)-bled, -bling.

  1. (n.)a building, usu. with stalls, for the lodging and feeding of horses, cattle, etc.

  2. a collection of animals housed in such a building.

  3. an establishment where racehorses are kept and trained. the horses belonging to, or the persons connected with, such an establishment.

    Category: Sport

  4. a number of people, as athletes, writers, or performers, who are employed, trained, or represented by the same company, agency, manager, etc. the establishment that trains or manages such a group. a collection of items produced by or belonging to an establishment, industry, etc.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  5. (v.t.)to put or lodge in or as if in a stable.

  6. (v.i.)to live in or as if in a stable.

Origin of stable:

1200–50; ME < OF estable < L stabulum=sta-, s. of stāre to stand

sta•bleˈsteɪ bəl(adj.)-bler, -blest.

  1. not likely to fall, give way, or overturn; firm; steady.

  2. able or likely to continue or last; firmly established; enduring or permanent:

    a stable government.

  3. resistant to sudden change or deterioration:

    a stable currency.

  4. not wavering or changeable in character or purpose; dependable; steadfast.

  5. not subject to emotional instability or illness; sane; mentally sound.

  6. having the ability to react to a disturbing force by maintaining or reestablishing position, form, etc.

    Category: Physics

  7. not readily decomposing, as a chemical compound; resisting chemical, molecular, or nuclear change.

    Category: Chemistry

  8. (of a patient's condition) exhibiting no significant change.

Origin of stable:

1225–75; ME < OF estable < L stabilis, der. of stāre to stand


Princeton's WordNet

  1. stable, stalls, horse barn(adj)

    a farm building for housing horses or other livestock

  2. stable(adj)

    resistant to change of position or condition

    "a stable ladder"; "a stable peace"; "a stable relationship"; "stable prices"

  3. stable(adj)

    firm and dependable; subject to little fluctuation

    "the economy is stable"

  4. stable(adj)

    not taking part readily in chemical change

  5. stable(adj)

    maintaining equilibrium

  6. static, stable, unchanging(verb)

    showing little if any change

    "a static population"

  7. stable(verb)

    shelter in a stable

    "stable horses"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. stable(adjective)ˈsteɪ bəl

    ≠ unstable

    a stable economy/relationship; The patient is in a stable condition.

  2. stableˈsteɪ bəl

    ≠ unstable

    a building that remained stable after the earthquake

  3. stableˈsteɪ bəl

    ≠ unstable

    He's a pretty stable kind of guy.

  4. stable(noun)ˈsteɪ bəl

    a building where horses are kept


  1. stable(Noun)

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

  2. stable(Noun)

    all the racehorses of a particular stable, i.e. belonging to a given owner.

  3. stable(Verb)

    to put or keep (horse) in a stable.

  4. stable(Verb)

    to park (a rail vehicle)

  5. stable(Adjective)

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

    He was in a stable relationship.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stable(verb)

    firmly established; not easily moved, shaken, or overthrown; fixed; as, a stable government

  2. Stable(verb)

    steady in purpose; constant; firm in resolution; not easily diverted from a purpose; not fickle or wavering; as, a man of stable character

  3. Stable(verb)

    durable; not subject to overthrow or change; firm; as, a stable foundation; a stable position

  4. Stable(verb)

    to fix; to establish

  5. Stable(verb)

    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

  6. Stable(verb)

    to put or keep in a stable

  7. Stable(verb)

    to dwell or lodge in a stable; to dwell in an inclosed place; to kennel


  1. Stable

    A stable is a building in which livestock, especially horses, are kept. It most commonly means a building that is divided into separate stalls for individual animals. There are many different types of stables in use today such as the American barn which is a large barn with a door each end and individual stalls inside or free standing stables with the classic top and bottom opening doors. The term "stable" is also used to describe a group of animals kept by one owner, regardless of housing or location. The exterior design of a stable can vary widely, based on climate, building materials, historical period, and cultural styles of architecture. A wide range of building materials can be used, including masonry, wood, and steel. Stables can range widely in size, from a small building to house only one or two animals, to facilities used at agricultural shows or at race tracks, which can house hundreds of animals.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stable' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3177

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stable' in Adjectives Frequency: #432

Anagrams of stable

  1. Ablest

  2. Ablets

  3. Bastle

  4. Bleats

Translations for stable

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


firm and steady or well-balanced

This chair isn't very stable.

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