Definition of stabilizer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstābəˌlīzər/


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.
1.1 another term for horizontal stabilizer.
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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 gyroscopically controlled system used to reduce the rolling of a ship.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.3A substance that prevents the breakdown of emulsions, especially in foods and paints.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.4A financial mechanism that prevents unsettling fluctuation in an economic system.
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  • There remains a place for traditional Keynesian countercyclical fiscal policy that operates through automatic stabilizers based on the system of progressive taxation and transfers.
  • Capitalism requires built-in fiscal-policy stabilizers because business cycles are an inherent feature of capitalist economies.
  • The advent of Keynesian economics in the post-Second World War period has seen taxation used as a tool of macro-economic policy with rates varied as a stabilizer against economic fluctuations.

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Syllabification: sta·bi·liz·er

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