|1.||a building, usually consisting of stalls, for the lodging of horses or other livestock|
|2.||the animals lodged in such a building, collectively|
|3.||a. the racehorses belonging to a particular establishment or owner|
|b. the establishment itself|
|c. (as modifier): stable companion|
|4.||informal a source of training, such as a school, theatre, etc: the two athletes were out of the same stable|
|5.||a number of people considered as a source of a particular talent: a stable of writers|
|6.||(modifier) of, relating to, or suitable for a stable: stable manners|
|7.||to put, keep, or be kept in a stable|
|[C13: from Old French estable cowshed, from Latin stabulum shed, from stāre to stand]|
|1.||steady in position or balance; firm|
|2.||lasting or permanent: a stable relationship|
|3.||steadfast or firm of purpose|
|4.||(of an elementary particle, atomic nucleus, etc) not undergoing decay; not radioactive: a stable nuclide|
|5.||(of a chemical compound) not readily partaking in a chemical change|
|6.||(of electronic equipment) with no tendency to self-oscillation|
|[C13: from Old French estable, from Latin stabilis steady, from stāre to stand]|
"For what the grete Stiede
Is stole, thanne he taketh hiede,
And makth the stable dore fast."
[John Gower, "Confessio Amantis," 1390]
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.
|stable (stā'bəl) Pronunciation Key
see lock the barn (stable) door after the horse has bolted.