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]
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.