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sta·ble 1  (stbl)
adj. sta·bler, sta·blest
a. Resistant to change of position or condition; not easily moved or disturbed: a house built on stable ground; a stable platform.
b. Not subject to sudden or extreme change or fluctuation: a stable economy; a stable currency.
c. Maintaining equilibrium; self-restoring: a stable aircraft.
2. Enduring or permanent: a stable peace.
a. Consistently dependable; steadfast of purpose.
b. Not subject to mental illness or irrationality: a stable personality.
4. Physics Having no known mode of decay; indefinitely long-lived. Used of atomic particles.
5. Chemistry Not easily decomposed or otherwise modified chemically.

[Middle English, from Old French estable, from Latin stabilis; see st- in Indo-European roots.]

stable·ness n.
stably adv.

sta·ble 2  (stbl)
a. A building for the shelter and feeding of domestic animals, especially horses and cattle.
b. A group of animals lodged in such a building.
a. All the racehorses belonging to a single owner or racing establishment. See Synonyms at flock1.
b. The personnel employed to keep and train such a group of racehorses.
3. A group, as of athletes or entertainers, under common management: a stable of prizefighters.
v. sta·bled, sta·bling, sta·bles
To put or keep in or as if in a stable.
To live in or as if in a stable.

[Middle English, from Old French estable, from Latin stabulum, stable, standing place; see st- in Indo-European roots.]

1. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Agriculture) a building, usually consisting of stalls, for the lodging of horses or other livestock
2. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Agriculture) the animals lodged in such a building, collectively
3. (Individual Sports & Recreations / Horse Racing)
a.  the racehorses belonging to a particular establishment or owner
b.  the establishment itself
c.  (as modifier) stable companion
4. Informal a source of training, such as a school, theatre, etc. the two athletes were out of the same stable
5. a number of people considered as a source of a particular talent a stable of writers
6. (modifier) of, relating to, or suitable for a stable stable manners
(Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Agriculture) to put, keep, or be kept in a stable
[from Old French estable cowshed, from Latin stabulum shed, from stāre to stand]

1. steady in position or balance; firm
2. lasting or permanent a stable relationship
3. steadfast or firm of purpose
4. (Physics / General Physics) (of an elementary particle, atomic nucleus, etc.) not undergoing decay; not radioactive a stable nuclide
5. (Chemistry) (of a chemical compound) not readily partaking in a chemical change
6. (Electronics) (of electronic equipment) with no tendency to self-oscillation
[from Old French estable, from Latin stabilis steady, from stāre to stand]
stableness  n
stably  adv

stable  (stbl)
1. Not susceptible to a process of decay, such as radioactivity. For example, the most common isotope of carbon, carbon 12, is stable. Protons and photons are examples of stable subatomic particles. See more at decay.
2. Relating to a chemical compound that does not easily decompose or change into other compounds. Water is an example of a stable compound.
3. Relating to an atom or chemical element that is unlikely to share electrons with another atom or element.
4. Not likely to change significantly or to deteriorate suddenly, as an individuals medical condition.

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