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stable

adjective uk   /ˈsteɪ.bl̩/ us  
C1 firmly fixed or not likely to move or change: If the foundations of the house aren't stable, collapse is possible. After several part-time jobs, he's now got a stable job in a bank. The hospital said she was in a stable condition (= not likely to get worse) following the operation.Keeping and staying the sameNot able to be changed C1 describes someone who is mentally healthy: She seems more stable these days.Calm and relaxed specialized chemistry describes a substance that keeps the same chemical or atomic stateTypes of chemicalSpecific chemicals, chemical compounds and gasesSubstances and structures in the body

stable

noun [C] uk   /ˈsteɪ.bl̩/ us  
C2 a building in which horses are keptAnimal Dwellings - man-madeAnimal dwellings - natural a group of racehorses that are owned or trained by one personAnimal groupingsHorse racingHorse riding a group of people who perform a similar activity and who are trained by the same person or employed by the same organization: During the 1950s, Sun Records' stable of singers included Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.Groups of people

stable

verb [T] uk   /ˈsteɪ.bl̩/ us  
to keep a horse in a stableAnimal farming - general words
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