Webster 1913 Edition
Firmly established; not easily moved, shaken, or overthrown; fixed;
In this region of chance, . . . where nothing is
Steady in purpose; constant; firm in resolution; not easily diverted from a purpose; not fickle or wavering;
as, a man of.
And to her husband ever meek and
Durable; not subject to overthrow or change; firm;
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
Syn. – Fixed; steady; constant; abiding; strong; durable; firm.
To fix; to establish.
étable, from L.
stareto stand. See
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
a common dipterous fly (
Stomoxys calcitrans) which is abundant about stables and often enters dwellings, especially in autumn; called also
biting house fly. These flies, unlike the common house flies, which they resemble, bite severely, and are troublesome to horses and cattle. They differ from the larger
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To put or keep in a stable.
To dwell or lodge in a stable; to dwell in an inclosed place; to kennel.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Fixed; firmly established; not to be easily moved, shaken or overthrown; as a stable government.
2.Steady in purpose; constant; firm in resolution; not easily diverted from a purpose; not fickle or wavering; as a stable man; a stable character.
3.Fixed; steady; firm; not easily surrendered or abandoned; as a man of stable principles.
4.Durable; not subject to be overthrown or changed.
In this region of chance and vanity, where nothing is stable--