The interior of a horse stable (sense 1)



  • A building, wing or dependency set apart and adapted for lodging and feeding (and training) animals with hoofs, especially horses.
  • All the racehorses of a particular stable, i.e. belonging to a given owner.
  • A set of advocates; a barristers' chambers.
  • An organization of sumo wrestlers who live and train together.
  • A group of prostitutes managed by one pimp.
  • A group of people who are looked after, mentored, or trained in one place or for a particular purpose or profession.


  • to put or keep (an animal) in a stable.
  • to dwell in a stable.
  • to park (a rail vehicle).


  • Relatively unchanging, steady, permanent; firmly fixed or established; consistent; not easily moved, altered, or destroyed.
  • Of software: established to be relatively free of bugs, as opposed to a beta version.
  • That maintains the relative order of items that compare as equal.


Opposite words


  • From Middle English stable, borrowed from Anglo-Norman stable and Old French estable, from Latin stabulum ("stall, stand").
  • From Middle English stable, from Anglo-Norman stable, stabel, from Latin stabilis ("firm, steadfast") (itself from stare + -abilis).

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