- sta|ble1 W3 [ˈsteıbəl] adj[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: estable, from Latin stabilis, from stare 'to stand']1.) steady and not likely to move or change▪ A wide base will make the structure much more stable.in a stable conditionBrE /in stable condition AmE▪ He is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.▪ Children like a stable environment.2.) calm, reasonable, and not easy to upset▪ He was clearly not a very stable person.3.) technical a stable substance tends to stay in the same chemical or ↑atomic state>stably advstable 2stable2 n[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: estable, from Latin stabulum, from stare; STABLE1]1.) a building where horses are kept2.) stables [plural]a place where horses are kept and that often gives riding lessons3.) a group of racing horses that has one owner or trainer4.) a group of people working for the same company or with the same trainer▪ actors from the same Hollywood stable5.) shut/close the stable door after the horse has boltedBrE to try to prevent something when it is too late and harm has already been donestable 3stable3 v [T]to put or keep a horse in a stable
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.