• We couldn't git her head hardly in the stable
    We couldn't git her head hardly in the stable
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj stable showing little if any change "a static population"
    • adj stable maintaining equilibrium
    • adj stable not taking part readily in chemical change
    • adj stable firm and dependable; subject to little fluctuation "the economy is stable"
    • adj stable resistant to change of position or condition "a stable ladder","a stable peace","a stable relationship","stable prices"
    • v stable shelter in a stable "stable horses"
    • n stable a farm building for housing horses or other livestock
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Newspaper in the cow stable Newspaper in the cow stable

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Former U.S. President William Taft converted the White House stable into a four car garage in 1909
    • n Stable 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 Durable; not subject to overthrow or change; firm; as, a stable foundation; a stable position.
    • Stable Firmly established; not easily moved, shaken, or overthrown; fixed; as, a stable government. "In this region of chance, . . . where nothing is stable ."
    • Stable (Physics) So placed as to resist forces tending to cause motion; of such structure as to resist distortion or molecular or chemical disturbance; -- said of any body or substance.
    • Stable Steady in purpose; constant; firm in resolution; not easily diverted from a purpose; not fickle or wavering; as, a man of stable character. "And to her husband ever meek and stable ."
    • v. i Stable To dwell or lodge in a stable; to dwell in an inclosed place; to kennel.
    • v. t Stable To fix; to establish.
    • v. t Stable To put or keep in a stable.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yorewhen the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on theground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
    • n stable A building or an inclosure in which horses, cattle, and other domestic animals are lodged, and which is furnished with stalls, troughs, racks, and bins to contain their food and necessary equipments; in a restricted sense, such a building for horses and cows only; in a still narrower and now the most usual sense, such a building for horses only.
    • n stable In racing slang, the horses belonging to a particular racing stable.
    • stable To put or keep in a stable, as horses.
    • stable To dwell or lodge in or as in a stable, as beasts.
    • stable Firm; firmly fixed, settled, or established; that cannot be easily moved, shaken, or overthrown; steadfast: as, a stable structure; a stable government.
    • stable Fixed; steady; constant; permanent.
    • stable Fixed or firm in resolution or purpose; not wavering, fickle, or easily diverted: as, a man of stable character; also formerly, in a bad sense, obstinate; pertinacious.
    • stable Synonyms and
    • stable Durable, Permanent, etc. See lasting.
    • stable To make stable; establish; ordain.
    • stable To make steady, firm, or sure; support.
    • stable To fix or hold fast, as in mire; mire; stall.
    • stable To stand firm; be confirmed.
    • stable In physical, being in equilibrium such that no displacement, distortion, or molecular or chemical change can be produced without the expenditure of work: said of a body which, when displaced, tends to return to its former position, or, when distorted, to its former shape, also of a substance which resists molecular or chemical change.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Only one of the 88 stable chemicals are named after a person gadolinium. It's named after Finnish chemist Johan Gadolin.
    • adj Stable stā′bl that stands firm: firmly established: durable: firm in purpose or character: constant, unchangeable
    • n Stable stā′bl a building for horses and cattle
    • v.t Stable to put or keep in a stable
    • v.i Stable to dwell in a stable
    • ***


  • Alfred A. Montapert
    “If you don't have solid beliefs you cannot build a stable life. Beliefs are like the foundation of a building, and they are the foundation to build your life upon.”
  • William C. Bryant
    William C. Bryant
    “Weep not that the world changes -- did it keep a stable, changeless state, it were cause indeed to weep.”
  • Kabbalah
    “The atom, being for all practical purposes the stable unit of the physical plane, is a constantly changing vortex of reactions.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “In a world where the outrageous has become the norm, stable organizations make no sense.”
  • Peace Pilgrim
    “World peace will never be stable until enough of us find inner peace to stabilize it”
  • John Keats
    “There is nothing stable in the world; uproar's your only music.”


Close the stable door after the horse has bolted - If people try to fix something after the problem has occurred, they are trying to close the stable door after the horse has bolted. 'Close the barn door after the horse has bolted' is alternative, often used in American English.
Lock the stable door after the horse has bolted - If someone takes action too late, they do this; there is no reason to lock an empty stable.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. estable, F. stable, fr. L. stabilis, fr. stare, to stand. See Stand (v. i.) and cf. Establish


In literature:

Now run away downstairs; for I heard the motor going round to the stables, and your father must be home again!
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Bags me help with stable-work, then.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
I advise you to conceal them under the hay in your stable.
"A Lieutenant at Eighteen" by Oliver Optic
In preparing the beds in the frames they were made up a foot deep, very firm, and with New York stable manure brought direct from the cars.
"Mushrooms: how to grow them" by William Falconer
Then he took me round the barn and opened a stable.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
In the stalls at Gray Oaks stables were many good hunters, but none better than Pasha.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
They found Donald McCrae at the stables.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
The hand upon the clock in the stable tower crept from hour to hour, the bell telling off the half-hours.
"A Dixie School Girl" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
You ain't to go into the stable.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
In the morning the lord went down to the stable and there he saw the stable boy riding the cross-bar and his horse gone.
"Europa's Fairy Book" by Joseph Jacobs

In poetry:

In Bethlehem He is to be seen,
In the stable of an inn;
Let us there our gifts bestow —
Let us all to see him go.
"Let Us Go To Bethlehem " by Rees Prichard
Then I wept: 'Oh, who will give me
To behold the stable sea,
On whose tideless shores for ever
Sounds of many waters be?'
"A Sea Song" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
Triumphing is my constant trade,
Who yet am oft a captive led.
My bloody war does never cease,
Yet I maintain a stable peace.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Come, ye rich, survey the stable
Where your infant Saviour lies;
From your full o'erflowing table
Send the hungry good supplies.
"A Christmas Hymn" by Hannah More
Twice did his bravest efforts fail,
And yet his mind was stable;
He wa'n't the man to break his heart
Because he broke his cable.
"How Cyrus Laid the Cable" by John Godfrey Saxe
"I know thee well. Strong prayer did keep me stable;
To me the earth is very lovely too.
Thou shouldst have come to me to make thee able
To love it greatly—but thou hast got through."
"A Book of Dreams: Part I" by George MacDonald

In news:

As a foundation for the middle class, good jobs, stable families and individual creativity are hard to beat.
Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton's.
Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) escort Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to the stables of Edoras in New Line Cinema.
Struggling to keep his publications profitable, Jann Wenner has again drawn from his own stable of magazines in replacing Brad Weiners, the Men's Journal editor he fired last week.
FX is happy with its late night stable.
Yoni Sheftman of nearby Carmiel leads Tamira out of the stable.
Judy Kirchner , a stable force for homeless students, is getting a pink slip.
A two-alarm fire in a hay barn at New Holland Sales Stable.
An 18-year-old man is in stable condition Monday, Sept 10, after undergoing surgery at San Joaquin General Hospital for a gunshot wound to his stomach, according to San Joaquin County Sheriff's officials.
A law degree used to pretty much guarantee a stable job.
Truckers as leading indicator show stable US growth.
Is seen in a stable used by the Chicago Police Mounted Unit on the South Side of Chicago.
The bad news is that they’re stable at more than $4 a gallon.
Insurers in several other states cut rates or plan to keep them stable for 2008.
Extensive PGA Tour testing influenced every detail of the new Ghost Spider S — a putter that TaylorMade calls of the most stable putters it has ever created.

In science:

The set S is stable under the homomorphism W (g0 ) because g0 and Z are stable.
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
In fact, (E , Q) is stable if and only if F is a stable vector bundle.
Factorization of generalized theta functions at reducible case
Next we prove that if (E , Q) is stable (semistable), then F is stable (semistable).
Factorization of generalized theta functions at reducible case
Our generalization of Donaldson-Witten theory involves the moduli space of stable Higgs bundles of Simpson instead of the moduli space of stable bundles.
Higgs Bundles and Four Manifolds
This process describes the decay of the unstable D-brane system into a stable vacuum or a stable D-brane system.
Properties of String Theory on Kaluza-Klein Melvin Background