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, in 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
building for horses
stable for oxen, cows, cattle
- (transitive) to put or keep (horse) in a stable.
- (rail transport, transitive) to park (a rail vehicle)
- (rail transport): outstable
put or keep in a 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.
- (computing) Said of a version of software that has been tested and is believed to be relatively free of bugs, as opposed to a beta version.
- You should download the 1.9 version of that video editing software, it is the latest stable version. The version 2.0 is beta, it has more features but is known to freeze randomly.
stable m, f (plural stables)
- stable (relatively unchanging)