From Middle English, from Old French estable, from Latin stabulum (“stall, stand”)
From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman; Old French estable, from Latin stabilis (itself from stare (“stand”) + -abilis (“able”))
stable (plural stables)
- A building, wing or dependency set apart and adapted for lodging and feeding (and training) animals with hoofs, especially horses.
- There were stalls for fourteen horses in the squire's stables.
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, The Celebrity:
- We made an odd party before the arrival of the Ten, particularly when the Celebrity dropped in for lunch or dinner. He could not be induced to remain permanently at Mohair because Miss Trevor was at Asquith, but he appropriated a Hempstead cart from the Mohair stables and made the trip sometimes twice in a day.
- (metonymically) All the racehorses of a particular stable, i.e. belonging to a given owner.
building for animals with hoofs
- Icelandic: gripahús n
- Ido: kavaleyo (io)
- Italian: stalla (it) f, scuderia (it) f
- Japanese: 馬小屋 (ja) (うまごや, umagoya)
- Norwegian: stall (no) m
- Polish: stajnia (pl) f
- Portuguese: estábulo (pt) m
- Romanian: staul (ro), grajd (ro) n
- Romansch: uigl m, nuegl m, stalla f, stala f
- Russian: конюшня (ru) f (konjúšnja), хлев (ru) m (xlev), стойло (ru) n (stójlo)
- Scottish Gaelic: stàball m
- Cyrillic: стаја f, штала f, стајница f, коњушарница f
- Roman: stȁja f, štȁla f, stajnica f, konjušarnica f
- Sicilian: stadda f
- Slovak: stajňa f, maštaľ f
- Spanish: establo (es) m, caballeriza f
- Swahili: imarika (sw)
- Swedish: stall (sv) n
- Telugu: గుర్రపు శాల (gurrapu śāla)
- Venetian: stała f, stala f, scudarìa f
- Volapük: lecek (vo)
- Walloon: ståve (wa) m
stable for oxen, cows, cattle
stable (third-person singular simple present stables, present participle stabling, simple past and past participle stabled)
- (transitive) to put or keep (horse) in a stable.
- (rail transport, transitive) to park (a rail vehicle)
From Latin stabilis (itself from stare (“stand”) + -abilis (“able”))
stable (comparative stabler or more stable, superlative stablest or most stable)
- Relatively unchanging, permanent; firmly fixed or established; consistent; not easily moved, altered, or destroyed.
- He was in a stable relationship.
- a stable government
- In this region of chance, […] where nothing is stable.
- Arabic: ثابت (ṯābit)
- Asturian: estable
- Bulgarian: стабилен (bg) (stabílen)
- Catalan: estable
- Mandarin: 穩重, 稳重 (zh) (wěnzhòng), 穩定, 稳定 (zh) (wěndìng), 安定 (zh) (āndìng), 堅固 (zh), 坚固 (zh) (jiāngù)
- Czech: stabilní m
- Danish: stabil
- Dutch: stabiel (nl)
- Estonian: stabiilne
- Finnish: vakaa (fi), tasainen (fi)
- French: stable (fr)
- Galician: estable (gl), estábel (gl)
- Georgian: მედეგი (medegi), მტკიცე (mtkic’e), მყარი (mqari)
- German: stabil (de)
- Greek: σταθερός (el) (statherós), ευσταθής (el) (efstathís)