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stabilizer

/ˈsteɪbɪˌlaɪzə/
noun
1.
any device for stabilizing an aircraft See also horizontal stabilizer, vertical stabilizer
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)
  1. a system of one or more pairs of fins projecting from the hull of a ship and controllable to counteract roll
  2. 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
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