stable

When something is stable, it's fixed and steady. If you needed advice, you'd probably go to your most stable friend, the one least likely to act crazy or be easily upset.

Whether you're talking about an object or a person, the adjective stable implies reliability and strength. You can describe a government as stable, or a relationship, or a desk. A completely different meaning of stable is the noun "building used for housing horses or other animals." Both senses of the word come from the Latin stabilis, "firm or steadfast."

Primary Meanings of stable

1.
adj
resistant to change of position or condition
2.
nv
a farm building for housing horses or other livestock
shelter in a stable
Full Definitions of stable
1

adj resistant to change of position or condition

“a stable ladder”
“a stable peace”
“a stable relationship”
stable prices”
Synonyms:
constant
steadfast in purpose or devotion or affection
lasting, permanent
continuing or enduring without marked change in status or condition or place
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
steady
not subject to change or variation especially in behavior
Antonyms:
unstable
lacking stability or fixity or firmness
inconstant
likely to change frequently often without apparent or cogent reason; variable
impermanent, temporary
not permanent; not lasting
coseismal, coseismic
being where earthquake waves arrive simultaneously
crank, cranky, tender, tippy
(used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail
explosive, volatile
liable to lead to sudden change or violence
rickety, shaky, wobbly, wonky
inclined to shake as from weakness or defect
rocky
liable to rock
seismal, seismic
subject to or caused by an earthquake or earth vibration
top-heavy
unstable by being overloaded at the top
tottering
(of structures or institutions) having lost stability; failing or on the point of collapse
volcanic
explosively unstable
unsteady
subject to change or variation
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adj showing little if any change

Synonyms:
static, unchanging
unchangeable
not changeable or subject to change

adj maintaining equilibrium

Synonyms:
balanced
being in a state of proper equilibrium

adj firm and dependable; subject to little fluctuation

“the economy is stable
Synonyms:
sound
financially secure and safe

adj not taking part readily in chemical change

Synonyms:
unreactive
(chemistry) not reacting chemically
2

n a farm building for housing horses or other livestock

Synonyms:
horse barn, stalls
Examples:
Augean stables
(Greek mythology) the extremely dirty stables that were finally cleaned by Hercules who diverted two rivers through them
Types:
livery stable
stable where horses and vehicles are kept for hire
Type of:
farm building
a building on a farm

v shelter in a stable

stable horses”
Type of:
shelter
provide shelter for

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