I UK [ˈsteɪb(ə)l] / US adjective **
a) not changing frequently and not likely to suddenly become worse

People have become accustomed to a stable economic situation.

The marine environment is relatively stable.

Children benefit from stable relationships within the family unit.

b) if a seriously ill or injured person is stable, their condition is not getting worse

Tonight the baby is in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

2) not likely to fall or move in the wrong way

The tent is extremely stable even in very high winds.

The suspension keeps the car stable when cornering.

3) with a healthy mental and emotional state

I've got two very stable teenaged children.

4) science able to stay in the same state

Solvents should be chosen that are chemically stable.

Derived word:
II UK [ˈsteɪb(ə)l] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "stable":
singular stable plural stables
a) a building where horses or farm animals are kept
b) stables a business where horses are trained for races and competitions: can be followed by a singular or plural verb
a) mainly journalism a group of people such as artists or sports players whose careers are managed by the same person or company

Her stable of authors included Julian Green, Eudora Welty, and Ken Kesey.

b) a group of products or companies that are produced or owned by the same company

the owner of a stable of media companies

III UK [ˈsteɪb(ə)l] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "stable":
present tense I/you/we/they stable he/she/it stables present participle stabling past tense stabled past participle stabled
1) to keep horses in a particular set of stables
2) to look after a horse after it has been ridden and to put it in a stable

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