stable

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • adjective not changing
  • adjective referring to a chemical compound that does not react readily with other chemicals

Agriculture

  • noun a building in which horses are kept

Aviation

  • adjective referring to an atmosphere in which there is little or no vertical movement

Economics

  • Of an equilibrium, that the dynamic adjustment away from equilibrium converges to the equilibrium.
  • Of an economic variable, not subject to large or erratic fluctuations.

Electronics

  • Tending to remain in a given position, state, setting, mode, or the like. Also, tending to avoid unwanted variations. For instance, free of unwanted oscillation.
  • Tending to return to a former or desired position, state, setting, mode, or the like, after a displacement or other change occurs. An example is a speaker with proper damping.
  • Tending to maintain a given value, quantity, intensity, characteristic, or the like. Said, for instance, of the output of a control system.
  • Not tending to easily respond to a change, action, stimulus, or variation. Said, for instance, of a voltage regulator which maintains the same output despite changes in load resistance.
  • A chemical substance not tending to easily form part of a chemical reaction.
  • A particle which does not undergo radioactive decay.

Military

  • noun a building used to accommodate horses or mules

Origin & History of “stable”

English has two distinct words stable, but both come ultimately from the same source: the Indo-European base *stā- ‘stand’, ancestor also of English stand. The adjective stable (13th c.) comes via Old French estable from Latin stabilis ‘standing firm’, which has also given English establish, stability (15th c.), and stabilize (19th c.). It was formed from the base *stā-, as was Latin stabulum ‘standing-place’, hence ‘enclosure for animals’, which English acquired via Old French estable as stable (13th c.). The corresponding Germanic formation, also based on *stā-, is stall. A constable is etymologically an ‘officer in charge of stables’.
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