stabile

stabile

[adj. stey-bil, -buhl or, esp. British, -bahyl; n. stey-beel or, esp. British, -bahyl]
adjective
1.
fixed in position; stable.
2.
Medicine/Medical. resistant to physical or chemical changes.
noun
3.
a piece of abstract sculpture having immobile units constructed of sheet metal, wire, or other material and attached to fixed supports. Compare mobile ( def 10 ).

Origin:
1790–1800; < Latin: neuter of stabilis, equivalent to sta- (stem of stāre to stand) + -bilis -ble

nonstabile, adjective
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stabile (ˈsteɪbaɪl)
 
n
1.  arts Compare mobile a stationary abstract construction, usually of wire, metal, wood, etc
 
adj
2.  fixed; stable
3.  resistant to chemical change
 
[C18: from Latin stabilis]

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stabile sta·bile (stā'bĭl, -bəl, -bīl', -bēl')
adj.
Resistant to change; stable; steady.

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stabile

type of stationary abstract sculpture, developed by the 20th-century American artist Alexander Calder and usually characterized by simple forms executed in sheet metal; the term, coined in reference to Calder's work by Jean Arp in 1931 (compare mobile), was later applied to similar works by other artists.

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