Definition of stabilizer in English:

stabilizer

Line breaks: sta¦bil|izer
Pronunciation: /ˈsteɪbɪlʌɪzə
 
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(also stabiliser)

noun

1A thing used to keep something steady or stable, in particular:
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  • He said I could ask the doctor about taking a new mood stabilizer.
  • There are several ways of avoiding UV degradation in plastics by using stabilizers, absorbers or blockers.
  • The initial assembly of the horizontal stabilizer is going smoothly.
1.1The horizontal tailplane of an aircraft.
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  • IAI and Cyclone Aviation Products Ltd in Carmiel manufacture the ventral fins, rudders, horizontal stabilisers and engine access doors.
  • For air transportation, the vertical tail fin pivots, the main rotor blades and the horizontal stabiliser are folded, and the mast-mounted sight, the IFF antenna and the lower wire cutter are removed.
  • The stabiliser, the horizontal surface on the tailplane, is jammed.
1.2A gyroscopic device used to reduce the rolling of a ship.
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  • She had many comforts compared with older vessels, including stabilisers to reduce rolling in rough seas.
  • Summer and autumn coincide with the hurricane season, and although the big cruise ships have stabilisers, you probably want to be thinking of November through to May, when the weather's not at its best in Scotland.
  • You do also need to be mindful that while the diesel-electrically powered Patricia is very quiet, she's no large cruise ship with stabilisers, so expect a little movement when the sea's lumpy.
1.3 (stabilizers) British A pair of small supporting wheels fitted on either side of the rear wheel of a child’s bicycle.
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  • These adult stabilisers will enable anyone of adult size to learn to ride a bicycle, they can also with help balancing problems but they are not intended to be used for people who are unable to balance.
  • These adult stabilisers will enable anyone of adult size to learn to ride a bicycle, they can also with help balancing problems but they are not intended to be used for people who are unable to balance.
  • But now experts are arguing that stabilisers, which for decades have been used to help children learn to cycle, could actually be hindering their progress, and they are launching an experiment to prove it.
2A substance which prevents the breakdown of emulsions, especially in foods and paints.
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  • Two components used in making the polyvinyl chloride are lead stabilizers and plasticizers, which allow the material to remain flexible.
  • Many commercial, large-scale manufacturers make ice cream from fat, water, milk proteins, sugar, stabilisers and emulsifiers.
  • The new company is a world leader in hydrocolloid food thickeners and stabilisers, xanthan and pectin, and was expected to have an annual turnover of about $470m.

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