adj. Firmly established; not easily moved, shaken, or overthrown; fixed; as, a stable government. Steady in purpose; constant; firm in resolution; not easily diverted from a purpose; not fickle or wavering; as, a man of stable character. Durable; not subject to overthrow or change; firm; as, a stable foundation; a stable position. Stable equilibrium (Mech.), the kind of equilibrium of a body so placed that if disturbed it returns to its former position, as in the case when the center of gravity is below the point or axis of support; - opposed to unstable equilibrium, in which the body if disturbed does not tend to return to its former position, but to move farther away from it, as in the case of a body supported at a point below the center of gravity. Cf. Neutral equilibrium, under Neutral.
Syn. - Fixed; steady; constant; abiding; strong; durable; firm.
- vb. To fix; to establish.
- n. A barn. A house, shed, or building, for beasts to lodge and feed in; esp., a building or apartment with stalls, for horses; as, a horse stable; a cow stable. Stable fly (Zool.), a common ...