AskDefine | Define stable

Dictionary Definition

stable adj
1 resistant to change of position or condition; "a stable ladder"; "a stable peace"; "a stable relationship"; "stable prices" [ant: unstable]
2 firm and dependable; subject to little fluctuation; "the economy is stable"
3 not taking part readily in chemical change
4 maintaining equilibrium
5 showing little if any change; "a static population" [syn: static, unchanging] n : a farm building for housing horses or other livestock [syn: stalls, horse barn] v : shelter in a stable; "stable horses"

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Etymology 1

from estable from Romanian stabula & Latin stabulum (stare stand) or Middle English from Anglo-French; Old French estable from stabilis (itself from stare stand -able)

Noun

  1. A building, wing or dependency set apart and adapted for lodging and feeding (and training) animals with hoofs, especially horses
  2. (metonymy) all the racehorses of a particular stable, i.e. belonging to a given owner.
Translations
building for animals with hoofs
building for horses
stable for oxen

Verb

  1. Put or keep (horse) in stable.
Translations

Etymology 2

From stabilis 'stable' (itself from stare 'to stand' -able)

Adjective

  1. Relatively unchanging, permanent; firmly fixed or established, not easily to be moved, changed, unbalanced, destroyed or altered in value.
He was in a stable relationship.
Translations
relatively unchanging

Extensive Definition

A stable is a building in which livestock, especially horses, are kept. It most commonly means a building that is divided into separate stalls for individual animals. There are many different types of stables in use today such as the American barn which is a large barn with a door each end and individual stalls inside or free standing stables with the classic top and bottom opening doors.
Historically, the headquarters of a unit of cavalry rather than just their horses' accommodation, would be called a stable.
Used metaphorically from this origin, a stable is a collection of people (e.g. professional wrestlers) working under a single manager or animals kept by one owner.
stable in Arabic: اسطبل
stable in Bengali: আস্তাবল
stable in Bosnian: Ergela
stable in German: Marstall
stable in Spanish: Establo
stable in French: étable (ferme)
stable in Italian: Stalla
stable in Hebrew: אורווה
stable in Narom: Établle
stable in Polish: Stajnia
stable in Portuguese: Estábulo
stable in Russian: Конюшня
stable in Sicilian: Stadda
stable in Finnish: Talli (kotieläintalous)
stable in Swedish: Stall

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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