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STABLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does stable mean? 

STABLE (noun)
  The noun STABLE has 1 sense:

1. a farm building for housing horses or other livestock

  Familiarity information: STABLE used as a noun is very rare.


STABLE (adjective)
  The adjective STABLE has 5 senses:

1. resistant to change of position or condition
2. firm and dependable; subject to little fluctuation
3. not taking part readily in chemical change
4. maintaining equilibrium
5. showing little if any change

  Familiarity information: STABLE used as an adjective is common.


STABLE (verb)
  The verb STABLE has 1 sense:

1. shelter in a stable

  Familiarity information: STABLE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


STABLE (noun)


Sense 1stable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A farm building for housing horses or other livestock

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

horse barn; stable; stalls

Hypernyms ("stable" is a kind of...):

farm building (a building on a farm)

Meronyms (parts of "stable"):

stall (a compartment in a stable where a single animal is confined and fed)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stable"):

livery stable (stable where horses and vehicles are kept for hire)

Instance hyponyms:

Augean stables ((Greek mythology) the extremely dirty stables that were finally cleaned by Hercules who diverted two rivers through them)


STABLE (adjective)


Sense 1stable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Resistant to change of position or condition

Context examples:

a stable ladder / a stable peace / a stable relationship / stable prices

Similar:

firm; steady; unfluctuating (not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall)

lasting (lasting a long time without change)

stabile ((chemistry, physics, biology) resistant to change)

stabilised; stabilized (made stable or firm)

Also:

constant (steadfast in purpose or devotion or affection)

lasting; permanent (continuing or enduring without marked change in status or condition or place)

steady (not subject to change or variation especially in behavior)

Antonym:

unstable (lacking stability or fixity or firmness)


Sense 2stable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Firm and dependable; subject to little fluctuation

Context example:

the economy is stable

Similar:

sound (financially secure and safe)


Sense 3stable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not taking part readily in chemical change

Similar:

unreactive (not reacting chemically)


Sense 4stable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Maintaining equilibrium

Similar:

balanced (being in a state of proper balance or equilibrium)


Sense 5stable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Showing little if any change

Synonyms:

unchanging; static; stable

Context example:

a static population

Similar:

unchangeable (not changeable or subject to change)


STABLE (verb)


Sense 1stable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shelter in a stable

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

stable horses

Hypernyms (to "stable" is one way to...):

shelter (provide shelter for)

Domain category:

animal husbandry (breeding and caring for farm animals)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They stable the animals


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