Their nations were stable, they had a functioning government, and there was some sort of law and order on the streets.
When I finally came to Texas to work for Texas Monthly, that was the most stable relationship of my career at the time.
He was the great influence on all the younger painters [in my stable].
By building on these values we share, we will create a stable, secure, and pluralistic Afghanistan.
Indeed, the monarchies are, weirdly enough, looking to be among the most stable entities around.
Above this temperature the anhydrous salt is the stable solid phase.
When Sidney saw the outline of the stable roof, she knew that it was dawn.
Fasten the boards together with battens placed upon the inside, and hinge it to the bottom of the stable.
When they arrived at the stable Mike headed straight for the harness room.
Shut them in a warm place, the spare stall of a stable, boarded up at the end.
"building where horses or cows are kept," early 13c., "building for domestic animals," from Old French estable "a stable, stall" (also applied to cowsheds and pigsties), from Latin stabulum "a stall, fold, aviary, etc." literally "a standing place," from stem of stare "to stand" (see stet).
Meaning "collection of horses belonging to one stable is attested from 1570s; transferred sense of "group of fighters under same management" is from 1897; that of "group of prostitutes working for the same employer" is from 1937.
For what the grete Stiede
Is stole, thanne he taketh hiede,
And makth the stable dore fast.
[John Gower, "Confessio Amantis," 1390]
"steadfast, firm," mid-13c., from Old French estable, from Latin stabilis "firm, steadfast," literally "able to stand," from stem of stare "to stand" (see stet). Physical sense of "secure against falling" is recorded from late 14c. Of nuclear isotopes, from 1904.
"to put (a horse) in a stable," early 14c., from stable (n.). Related: Stabled; stabling.
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.