Main definitions of stable in English

: stable1stable2

stable1

adjective

  • 1(of an object or structure) not likely to give way or overturn; firmly fixed.

    ‘specially designed dinghies that are very stable’
    • ‘The structure is highly stable over the investigated timescale.’
    • ‘Therefore, the stable structure of the aggregate is not needed to determine its mechanical properties.’
    • ‘The structure is very stable; the glass plates are so strong they may be walked on and the net structure can carry huge loads of snow.’
    • ‘All those recent results suggest a flexibility of the backbone conformational structure and several stable configurations are proposed and debated.’
    • ‘They did not agree, however, on whether the vacated space would be a place of ‘permanent rebuilding’ or for a new future of stable structures.’
    • ‘In this area seasonal temperatures and salinities vary little from year to year and the thermocline structure is rather stable.’
    • ‘Nations are urged to create good banking systems, reasonable interest and exchange rates, and stable tax structures.’
    • ‘Meristems are stable structures in spite of the very dynamic nature of their constituent cells, which continuously divide, grow and differentiate while they transit from one zone to another.’
    • ‘Single 5-ns length simulations were performed on each model and both model structures were stable over the entire simulation.’
    • ‘Paradigmatic artifacts are remarkably stable structures; they will last for millennia if nobody or no natural accident breaks them.’
    • ‘I mean this is all well and good but landfills are not very stable structures; all they really are is a pile of rubbish toped over with dirt.’
    • ‘These loose aggregates occasionally associate into tightly packed stable structures.’
    • ‘Among the possible geometries, tetraplexes are very stable structures in which the four strands are held together via repetitive guanine tetrads.’
    • ‘It is very important to make sure the three legs are firmly locked into place and the whole structure is stable.’
    • ‘Secondly, each of the component morphemes is associated with a fairly stable semantic and phonological structure which is preserved when they are combined.’
    • ‘Here are three of the stable structures that can be made using supermagnetic spheres and nothing else.’
    • ‘The resulting structure is more stable than those developed by other hardening processes.’
    • ‘Wearing felt-bottomed Orvis Henry's Fork wading shoes, I felt just a bit more stable, but balancing over these oversize ball-bearings was pretty athletic stuff.’
    • ‘Concrete frames, however, are more stable structures.’
    • ‘It's reassuringly stable, yet easily rocked to brace against side-waves.’
    firm, solid, steady, secure, fixed, strong, fast, stout, sturdy, safe, moored, anchored, stuck down, immovable, well built, well constructed, substantial
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    1. 1.1 (of a patient or their medical condition) not deteriorating in health after an injury or operation.
      ‘he is now in a stable condition in hospital’
      • ‘Well, people with chronic illnesses should make sure their medical condition is stable before they travel.’
      • ‘Horn remained in critical but stable condition at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, about two miles north of the Mirage hotel-casino.’
      • ‘Medically stable patients with intramural hematoma usually are managed conservatively with bowel rest.’
      • ‘By 1 August, six were still in hospital in a stable condition.’
      • ‘A 44-year-old man was seen because his generally stable and easily controlled hypertension had recently become labile.’
      • ‘Goksel et al wrote a brief description of an inpatient service that used nurse practitioners to manage medically stable hospitalized patients.’
      • ‘They were enrolled provided their medical condition was stable and they were either ready or shortly to be discharged from hospital.’
      • ‘Martinez says his shoulder feels more stable, but after failing to make 30 starts in any of the previous three seasons, he offers no guarantees.’
      • ‘When the patient's condition is stable, he or she is transferred to the transplantation unit.’
      • ‘In contrast, stable patients in the clinic setting may be tested at intervals of only 10-13 weeks.’
      • ‘Initial assessments were conducted every 15 minutes and then hourly once the patient's condition was stable.’
      • ‘Patients were clinically stable for at least 6 weeks and were receiving optimal medical therapy.’
      • ‘These patients were medically stable but had tachycardia - an elevated heart rate and known indicator of a panic reaction.’
      • ‘Once patients are medically stable, they should be transferred to a stroke rehabilitation unit if further rehabilitation is required.’
      • ‘Recognition that the spleen had ruptured was delayed because of the patient's stable clinical condition and lack of coexisting symptoms of infectious mononucleosis.’
      • ‘Erythropoietin, the red cell production hormone, can reduce the need for transfusion in stable medical patients with cancer and premature newborn infants.’
      • ‘If Schilling's tender ankle stays stable, he should get stronger.’
      • ‘Health officials said the patient was in a stable condition after immediate and effective treatment at the hospital.’
      • ‘Eight stable patients with brain damage and 10 normal adults were studied.’
      • ‘The injured tourists were reported in stable condition after receiving medical treatment at two hospitals near the crash site, police said.’
    2. 1.2 Sane and sensible; not easily upset or disturbed.
      ‘the officer concerned is mentally and emotionally stable’
      • ‘Taken collectively, such episodes destabilize the notion of a coherent, stable self while detaching the mind's moorings in the individual body.’
      • ‘And I felt completely trapped because I had to be sensible and responsible and stable.’
      • ‘We want to feel we are living fully, and even though we may be very sane and stable, we have doubts about whether or not we are living up to our own expectations.’
      • ‘He has been keeping his head more stable at the plate and swinging at more strikes.’
      • ‘Hope your own love life is a bit more sane, or stable, or whatever, than my own and those of some of your other readers.’
      • ‘Let's just say that for me, now, the world is a somehow colder but far more reliable, sane, and stable place than it was before.’
      • ‘When we were first paired up he lost his temper very easily over small things, but he is lot more stable now.’
      • ‘Fragile or not, June had a family and a place in their lives, and thus a coherent, stable identity despite the pains and doubts of her daily life.’
      • ‘Despite the fact that he was somewhat less than mentally stable, he easily understood the meaning of money.’
      • ‘Liberal societies are sane, tolerant, stable, pluralistic and therefore well behaved.’
      • ‘I'm a middle class, self sufficient, independent, employed, reasonable stable young woman.’
      • ‘As a result, those who practise Karate get to know themselves better, are able to make sound judgments and achieve stable emotions even under trying circumstances.’
      well balanced, balanced, sound, mentally sound, of sound mind, sane, normal, right in the head, in possession of all one's faculties, able to reason clearly, able to think clearly, lucid, clear-headed, rational, coherent, steady, reasonable, sensible, sober, down-to-earth, matter-of-fact, with both one's feet on the ground
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    3. 1.3 Not likely to change or fail; firmly established.
      ‘a stable relationship’
      ‘prices have remained relatively stable’
      • ‘In doing so you will ensure that you are getting married for the right reason - the stable foundation of love and not the unstable foundation of sex.’
      • ‘Again the picture differs markedly from the classic corporate model in which business depends upon established, stable relationships.’
      • ‘With access to a different world, Smith still resisted making any major changes that would upset the stable life she had created for herself.’
      • ‘Most crucially, as Witold Rybczynski has argued, cities must continue to be livable as they balance rapid change and stable neighbourhoods.’
      • ‘Society is still coping with a gigantic change in the role of women, groping towards a stable balance between work and children.’
      • ‘If you delay child-bearing until your mid-twenties or your early thirties, you are far more likely to have a good job, educational qualifications and a stable relationship.’
      • ‘If I need to prove myself to you, then I will: Scott and I have been in a stable relationship for six years - and legally married for the last year and a half.’
      • ‘There are many biological and ecological systems that eventually go extinct yet appear to be stable over any reasonable timescale.’
      • ‘No, the weather seems reasonably stable today, just looking outside.’
      • ‘Even historically stable democracies have failed to integrate fully and equally the opinions and interests of the female half of the population.’
      • ‘Vector lengths are short in lodgepole pine and red fir-western white pine forests indicating that these forest groups are compositionally stable.’
      • ‘More than a century of chaos ensued, warlords fighting for territory, and the lives of the people in turmoil, most not living long, and failing to establish a stable environment for their children.’
      • ‘But prices have been reasonably stable in recent months even as other investments have tanked, and Tata could be right in suggesting there is a buying opportunity.’
      • ‘Furthermore, as Blackboard is an established, stable system, we experienced few, if any, technical difficulties.’
      • ‘‘We should now be coming into a period of stable consumption and balanced market providing stronger prices,’ he said.’
      • ‘The only stable relationships within the group are between mother and daughter across two generations, presumably because they are not in competition.’
      • ‘The evolution of inherited forms of behavior is as plausible as the evolution of any function of the organism when the environment can be regarded as reasonably stable.’
      • ‘I think that relationships would be more stable, more loving, and more committed if people were able to feel comfortable about expressing their fears or desires openly and honestly.’
      • ‘After failing to secure stable employment, Priyanath had taken to doing several jobs at once - none of which, unfortunately, were very paying.’
      • ‘Maintaining a 90-degree angle also helps prevent pulleys from binding up, which is very important in maintaining a balanced and stable load.’
      secure, solid, strong, steady, firm, sure, steadfast, level, unwavering, unvarying, unfaltering, unfluctuating, unswerving
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    4. 1.4 Not liable to undergo chemical decomposition, radioactive decay, or other physical change.
      ‘isocyanic acid reacts with amino groups to form a stable compound’
      ‘stable nuclei’
      • ‘Also, the chemical plant was processing ammonium nitrate, a stable chemical that requires a substantial infusion of energy to explode.’
      • ‘The development of isotopic tracers during the war was a by-product of the preparation of radioactive and stable isotopes in connection with work on the atomic bomb.’
      • ‘Davy had developed a technique by which unusually stable compounds could be decomposed into their constituent elements.’
      • ‘Iron has the most stable nucleus that can be generated by nuclear reactions of this type.’
      • ‘Carbon, for example, has a stable nucleus when its 6 protons are joined by 6 neutrons.’
      • ‘However, if we add one or more neutrons to a stable nucleus, or take neutrons away from it, the nucleus may become unstable and undergo radioactive decay.’
      • ‘Those four iron isotopes are all radioactively stable.’
      • ‘This environment features an atmosphere that has a stable temperature and chemical composition.’
      • ‘Once the active fluorine is chemically bound the resulting molecule is generally stable and unreactive.’
      • ‘If the nucleus of the an atom has too few neutrons to be stable, however, positron emission occurs.’
      • ‘The alpha particle is emitted by certain radioactive elements as they decay to a stable element.’
      • ‘The strongest and most stable molecular structure is the three-dimensional tetrahedron, the configuration achieved with silicates.’
      • ‘Soy oil polymers must be heated to over 400°C before they degrade, making them more thermally stable than polyethylene or polystyrene.’
      • ‘Eventually the matter is stable and no longer radioactive.’
      • ‘Nuclear reactions, like those conducted in Lawrence's particle accelerators, can convert stable nuclei into unstable ones.’
      • ‘If the sodium atom loses one electron and the chlorine atoms gains one, the ions will have stable octets.’
      • ‘An atom with this stable set of electrons is a very unreactive species.’
      • ‘Radioactive atoms decay into stable atoms by a simple mathematical process.’
      • ‘However, unlike regular metals, the transition elements can easily form extremely stable coordination complexes.’
      • ‘So the normally stable proton can decay into a neutron, a positron, and a neutrino if continuously fed enough energy through constant, extreme acceleration.’

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Latin stabilis, from the base of stare ‘to stand’.

Pronunciation

stable

/ˈsteɪb(ə)l/

Main definitions of stable in English

: stable1stable2

stable2

noun

  • 1A building set apart and adapted for keeping horses.

    ‘the horse was led from its stable’
    • ‘They walked their horses back to the stables and then handed them off to the stable boys.’
    • ‘He asked how to reach the royal stables.’
    • ‘When we got to the stables we handed the horses back to the stable hands and thanked them.’
    • ‘A servant would put his horse back in the stable.’
    • ‘She soon took the reins again and guided the horse back to the stables.’
    • ‘They both made their way down to the palace stables by the back of the north courtyard.’
    • ‘In between looking after the horses, other duties included mucking out the stables.’
    • ‘As Jesse walked away, he led the horse back to the stables; a gust wind bit at his face and he pulled his bandanna over his nose and mouth, wincing.’
    • ‘She ran her horse back to the stables, and hopped off its back.’
    • ‘Irielyn patted her and lead her to the stables where the other horses rested.’
    • ‘She led the horse out of the stables, and into the wide, open pasture where a trail cut through rows upon rows of apple trees.’
    • ‘When I got back I mucked out the stables and cleaned the rest of the barn.’
    • ‘When all was said and done, the queen and her five guardians led their horses out of the stables and into the clean, wide open of the Larkand outskirts.’
    • ‘Amber and Pippa put their rugs on and put the two horses back in their stables.’
    • ‘They rode to the stables and handed their horses over to the stable boys, then entered the mansion through a back door.’
    • ‘The livery stables are near those particular hunting stables.’
    • ‘The knights led their horses over to the stables where the stable hands took them.’
    • ‘Several sailors followed behind the group, leading the horses to specially built stables.’
    • ‘He had to be up at six in the morning and along with the other hired men tend to the cows, pigs, horses and clean out stables and cow sheds.’
    • ‘Lady Brighton led them to the stables where all the horses had been prepared.’
    1. 1.1 An establishment where racehorses are kept and trained.
      ‘racing stables’
      ‘the horse make his debut for the Mick Naughton stable’
      • ‘Stringent guidelines are in place at racecourses and racing stables for disinfecting everything that comes in and out of the premises.’
      • ‘From there, he became a groom, then foreman of the racing stable, then assistant farm manager/trainer in Greenville, Georgia.’
      • ‘The finish was recreational, fishing lakes, a golf course with good views of Malton, racing stables, and the sound of music and fairground attractions.’
      • ‘Boarding stables and training facilities for horses are continuously subjected to constraints due to space availability.’
      • ‘I learned this was a racing stable, but what did that mean?’
      • ‘The pair have more than 80 years of working in racing stables.’
      • ‘Noblemen founded stables and became interested in breeding thoroughbred racehorses.’
      • ‘‘We do stand stallions and own a racing stable, so we have some commercial aspects,’ Nichols said.’
      • ‘He has built a house and stables on the racecourse side of the Curragh and has bought some well bred horses, including two by Sadler's Wells.’
      • ‘Ms Munson is embroiled in a bitter row with residents and councillors over plans to convert stables and a garage at Great Easton into a dog training centre.’
      • ‘His Sheriff Hutton stables trains a host of future racing stars amid top-class facilities.’
      • ‘In fact, all individuals and most liveries, stables and other establishments that keep horses will not be subject to the new charges.’
      • ‘Susan Bradburne now summons him at the first sight of trouble and he is a regular visitor to many racing stables throughout Scotland.’
      • ‘Historically the pub has been used by people from the local racing stables, from the lads up to the trainers and owners.’
      • ‘He spent huge sums on his stud farms at Eaton and Oxcroft in Cambridgeshire, as well as on his racing stables at Newmarket.’
      • ‘Thousands of people flocked to the Malton Racing Stables Open Day, when 18 stables around Malton and Norton opened their doors to a fascinated public.’
      • ‘Magnier said to have gifted him a half-share in the record-breaking Rock of Gibraltar, trained at the Ballydoyle stables owned by Magnier.’
      • ‘The systems are expected to be in place by April and will be the same as the upgraded equipment already installed to monitor racecourse stables.’
      • ‘By now, Miller was as well known around racecourses and training stables as on cricket fields.’
      • ‘Stevens was hired as farm manager and trainer in 1981 after running a public stable for several years.’
    2. 1.2 The racehorses of a particular training establishment.
      • ‘She also oversees a small, select barn of clientele in her training stable.’
      • ‘Marzato's stable will be based at a private training center in Bangholme, a southeastern suburb of Melbourne.’
      • ‘Every dollar I scrimped or saved barely had time to cool in my hands before it was in the cash register at the local store and I was on the way home with another addition to my racing stable.’
      • ‘A memorial service is planned for Lyon next July at Monmouth, where he trained a small stable.’
      • ‘Godolphin Racing has added another member to its powerful stable with the purchase of three-year-old stakes winner Grandera.’
      • ‘All of this was built for wealthy bachelor Edmund Bowman who had his own private training track and stable, a pack of foxhounds and on his own cricket ground entertained the English cricketers.’
      • ‘Janiak purchased Takeover Target as an unraced castoff from the stable of his friend, the late trainer John Morrish.’
      • ‘Amonte, who also trains and keeps a small stable at Suffolk Downs, has been based in New England since 1993 with an eye on retirement.’
      • ‘I want it to be a stable that produces winners every day, day in, day out, and has good horses on Saturdays.’
      • ‘The 40-year-old conditioner started training in 1991 with a one-horse stable.’
    3. 1.3 An organization or establishment training or producing a particular type of person or product.
      ‘the player comes from the same stable as Agassi’
      • ‘The tycoon's stable of companies includes Malaysia Airlines.’
      • ‘Diageo, on the other hand, plans to add the product to its own stable.’
      • ‘Remaining inside the BMW stable will be production of the new Millennium Mini, which will be switched to Cowley in Oxford.’
      • ‘You can add to that and the stable of personalities that make up the Coodabeen Champions, born out of what is best be described as alternative programming for radio over 20 years ago.’
      • ‘There are many cases where one model from a given automaker is outstanding when it comes to instrumentation and yet another product from the same stable can be less than ideal.’
      • ‘Last week she outlined her plans for the centre at a party to relaunch Modern Painters magazine, which she has just added to her publishing stable.’
      • ‘Madame Roux is the latest addition to the City's growing sporting stable, which already includes a ladies football team and various motor-racing interests.’
      • ‘It is also the latest in a long line of critically-acclaimed dramas from the Red Production Company stable, including The Second Coming, Clocking Off and Queer as Folk.’
      • ‘The racing stable consists of Jeep, Ford, Chevy, Dodge, and the ultimate off-road brute, Humvee.’
      • ‘Curious heads walked into the campus to check out what was to unfold from the stables of the School of Commerce and International Business.’
      • ‘DMG is the only big player not listed in Australia but its growing stable of stations performed well, as it remained at number one in Sydney and picked up in Melbourne.’
      • ‘Mr. Barve took over as managing director of this company and has, since, been responsible for the introduction of several mutual fund products from this stable.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Put or keep (a horse) in a stable.

    ‘they must be stabled and fed’
    • ‘Birks said the money was collected in cash from people stabling horses at the farm.’
    • ‘And he joined the Bloomfield Hills Hunt Club, where his daughter stables her horse.’
    • ‘They stabled the horses in a small makeshift stable that was in the very back of the warehouse.’
    • ‘He also offered to stable the horses at his own premises, try them out and see if they would make good police horses, at a rate of £1 per horse per week.’
    • ‘Boarding arrangements vary from pasture only to full board, where the horse is stabled, exercised, fed, groomed and even tacked up for the owner to ride.’
    • ‘Horses are stabled at the North Dakota State University equine science barn during race meets.’
    • ‘‘I'll stable your horses and you may report to the main castle ’, spoke Simon.’
    • ‘Louis made sure their horses were stabled, and showed them into a lesser hall, where Isabeau was waiting to receive them.’
    • ‘I'm sure McGrory's is one of those places where 19th century writers stabled their horses and demanded beer and victuals.’
    • ‘An estimated 150 to 160 horses were stabled at Ellis Park when the tornado hit.’
    • ‘The barn also serves as a boarding barn and at times has been known to stable over sixty horses.’
    • ‘Her three horses were stabled out in the larger barn.’
    • ‘Since I practically lived here, I didn't even need to ask if I could stable my horse here for a while, I just walked right in and put her in a stall with one of their horses.’
    • ‘They begged Gawain to enter, then helped him to dismount and ran to stable his horse.’
    • ‘As Adam now headed into the barn to stable his horse, he was glad to see that neither his father nor Little Joe was in the barn.’
    • ‘With time running down, the commission said management must develop alternative plans for stabling horses, including opening talks with Delaware Park, if Laurel is unready for training.’
    • ‘Scott Lake, the nation's leading trainer by victories, will stable horses in South Florida for the first time this winter.’
    • ‘After the war, when he was director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, he stabled riding horses on the grounds.’
    • ‘She walked out to the closest barn, where the riding horses were stabled for everyday use by the various ranch hands, the children, and Dortam.’
    • ‘These conditions have significantly promoted the practice of providing stabled horses with hay twice daily in addition to cereal grains.’
    1. 1.1 Put or base (a locomotive or train) in a depot.
      ‘one of the two locomotives was stabled at Fort William’
      • ‘Ten years later, in July 1949, the royal train was stabled in the old station prior to returning Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh to London.’
      • ‘Trains will also be stabled at the depot overnight with the capability to service up to nine three-car trains each evening.’
      • ‘Trains will be stabled using sidings at both Shenfield and Gidea Park.’
      • ‘This is when the team of 15 cleaners is at work, on trains stabled in cleaning roads alongside the main building and on others kept in sidings and stations, mainly New Street.’
      • ‘The incident happened close to Broughton Road where a train had been stabled overnight.’

Phrases

  • shut (or bolt) the stable door after the horse has bolted

    • Try to avoid or prevent something undesirable when it is already too late to do so.

      ‘to lock up young car thieves is another example of bolting the stable door after the horse has fled’
      • ‘Under current legislation, an invasive species can only make the list of those which are illegal to release if it is proved to cause damage - a case of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.’
      • ‘The only samples frozen indefinitely are the ones that have already tested positive - a classic case of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.’
      • ‘He has decided now that there will be an internal review and an overhaul of the procedures, but he's just shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.’
      • ‘The epithet about shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted came immediately to mind when it was announced that the Jockey Club are to ban horse owners, trainers and their staff from laying their horses on betting exchanges.’
      • ‘The problem is, the Greenies point out, that there shouldn't really be any field trials at all until full and stringent regulations are in place, otherwise it will be like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.’
      • ‘It may be a case of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, but given the very real sense of injustice felt an explanation from the powers that be is the very least that City and its fans deserve.’
      • ‘It is called shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted and not having the moral courage to admit they are wrong.’
      • ‘Installing a proper system for checking that illegal meat is not imported might be shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.’
      • ‘The birth of the ‘How's my driving’ sticker trend is a demonstration that the company cares how its employees behave on the open road, but could be criticised as shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.’
      • ‘He said: ‘At the moment, we're not allowed to close footpaths until we get swine fever, which really is shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.’’

Origin

Middle English: shortening of Old French estable ‘stable, pigsty’, from Latin stabulum, from the base of stare ‘to stand’.

Pronunciation

stable

/ˈsteɪb(ə)l/