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1    a building, usually consisting of stalls, for the lodging of horses or other livestock  
2    the animals lodged in such a building, collectively  
a    the racehorses belonging to a particular establishment or owner  
b    the establishment itself  
c    (as modifier)  
stable companion     
4    Informal   a source of training, such as a school, theatre, etc.  
the two athletes were out of the same stable     
5    a number of people considered as a source of a particular talent  
a stable of writers     
6    modifier   of, relating to, or suitable for a stable  
stable manners     
7    to put, keep, or be kept in a stable  
     (C13: from Old French estable cowshed, from Latin stabulum shed, from stare to stand)  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
stable          [2]  
1    steady in position or balance; firm  
2    lasting or permanent  
a stable relationship     
3    steadfast or firm of purpose  
4    (of an elementary particle, atomic nucleus, etc.) not undergoing decay; not radioactive  
a stable nuclide     
5    (of a chemical compound) not readily partaking in a chemical change  
6    (of electronic equipment) with no tendency to self-oscillation  
     (C13: from Old French estable, from Latin stabilis steady, from stare to stand)  
  stableness      n  
  stably      adv  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  



abiding, constant, deep-rooted, durable, enduring, established, fast, firm, fixed, immovable, immutable, invariable, lasting, permanent, reliable, secure, sound, staunch, steadfast, steady, strong, sturdy, sure, unalterable, unchangeable, unwavering, well-founded  
   changeable, deteriorating, erratic, excitable, fickle, frail, inconstant, insecure, irresolute, mercurial, mutable, over-emotional, shaky, shifting, temperamental, uncertain, unpredictable, unreliable, unstable, unsteady, variable, volatile, wavering  

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nurse manned MICU for stable intensive care patients
Wood where the log is first quartered lengthways, resulting in wedges with right angles in the centre of the log. Less prone to shrinkage and is more stable. Used in barrel-making.
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