adjective (stabler, stablest)
- 1Not likely to change or fail; firmly established: a stable relationship prices have remained relatively stableMore example sentences
- 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.
- Furthermore, as Blackboard is an established, stable system, we experienced few, if any, technical difficulties.
- Vector lengths are short in lodgepole pine and red fir-western white pine forests indicating that these forest groups are compositionally stable.
- 1.1(Of a patient or a medical condition) not deteriorating in health after an injury or operation: he is now in a stable condition in the hospitalMore example sentences
- A 44-year-old man was seen because his generally stable and easily controlled hypertension had recently become labile.
- 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.
- By 1 August, six were still in hospital in a stable condition.
- 1.2(Of a person) sane and sensible; not easily upset or disturbed: the officer concerned is mentally and emotionally stableMore example sentences
- 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.
- Liberal societies are sane, tolerant, stable, pluralistic and therefore well behaved.
- And I felt completely trapped because I had to be sensible and responsible and stable.
- 1.3(Of an object or structure) not likely to give way or overturn; firmly fixed: specially designed dinghies that are very stableMore example sentences
- All those recent results suggest a flexibility of the backbone conformational structure and several stable configurations are proposed and debated.
- It is very important to make sure the three legs are firmly locked into place and the whole structure is stable.
- Among the possible geometries, tetraplexes are very stable structures in which the four strands are held together via repetitive guanine tetrads.
- 1.4Not liable to undergo chemical decomposition, radioactive decay, or other physical change.More example sentences
- Davy had developed a technique by which unusually stable compounds could be decomposed into their constituent elements.
- Eventually the matter is stable and no longer radioactive.
- Soy oil polymers must be heated to over 400°C before they degrade, making them more thermally stable than polyethylene or polystyrene.
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- Second, because researchers still have to learn how to safely and stably transform stem cells into specific cell types, say, pancreatic islet cells to treat diabetes.
- According to this thesis, there just aren't enough stably employed men in the ghetto for women to marry.
- Single nucleotide polymorphisms are stably inherited, highly abundant, and distributed throughout the genome.
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Latin stabilis, from the base of stare 'to stand'.
- 1A building set apart and adapted for keeping horses.More example sentences
- They walked their horses back to the stables and then handed them off to the stable boys.
- The livery stables are near those particular hunting stables.
- In between looking after the horses, other duties included mucking out the stables.
- 1.1An establishment where racehorses are kept and trained.More example sentences
- By now, Miller was as well known around racecourses and training stables as on cricket fields.
- The pair have more than 80 years of working in racing stables.
- From there, he became a groom, then foreman of the racing stable, then assistant farm manager/trainer in Greenville, Georgia.
- 1.2The racehorses of a particular training establishment.More example sentences
- She also oversees a small, select barn of clientele in her training stable.
- 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.
- Marzato's stable will be based at a private training center in Bangholme, a southeastern suburb of Melbourne.
- 1.3An organization or establishment training or producing a particular type of person or product: the player comes from the same stable as AgassiMore example sentences
- 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.
- Diageo, on the other hand, plans to add the product to its own stable.
- Curious heads walked into the campus to check out what was to unfold from the stables of the School of Commerce and International Business.
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- 1Put or keep (a horse) in a stable.More example sentences
- 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.
- An estimated 150 to 160 horses were stabled at Ellis Park when the tornado hit.
- Horses are stabled at the North Dakota State University equine science barn during race meets.
- 1.1Put or base (a train) in a depot.More example sentences
- Trains will also be stabled at the depot overnight with the capability to service up to nine three-car trains each evening.
- 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 be stabled using sidings at both Shenfield and Gidea Park.
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- Once again we inherited a stableful of horses and rode out every morning before work.
- Even though a family may own a stableful of cars and employ a herd of chauffeurs, kids walk to their school every day.
- Afterwards the Barnetts moved to Los Angeles, acquired a fine house, and Crazy Jack kept a stableful of Indian ponies.
Pronunciation: /ˈstābəlˌfo͝ol/noun (plural stablefuls)
Middle English: shortening of Old French estable 'stable, pigpen', from Latin stabulum, from the base of stare 'to stand'.