World English Dictionary
stabilizer or stabiliser (ˈsteɪbɪˌlaɪzə)
1.  horizontal stabilizer See also vertical stabilizer any device for stabilizing an aircraft
2.  a substance added to something to maintain it in a stable or unchanging state, such as an additive to food to preserve its texture during distribution and storage
3.  nautical
 a.  a system of one or more pairs of fins projecting from the hull of a ship and controllable to counteract roll
 b.  See gyrostabilizer
4.  either of a pair of brackets supporting a small wheel that can be fitted to the back wheel of a bicycle to help an inexperienced cyclist to maintain balance
5.  an electronic device for producing a direct current supply of constant voltage
6.  economics a measure, such as progressive taxation, interest-rate control, or unemployment benefit, used to restrict swings in prices, employment, production, etc, in a free economy
7.  a person or thing that stabilizes
stabiliser or stabiliser

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