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 (stā′bĭl, -bəl, -bīl′, -bēl′)
Immobile; unchangeable; stable.
An abstract sculpture, usually of sheet metal, resembling a mobile but having no moving parts.

[Latin stabilis, stable; see stable1.]


(Art Terms) arts a stationary abstract construction, usually of wire, metal, wood, etc. Compare mobile6a
1. fixed; stable
2. (Chemistry) resistant to chemical change
[C18: from Latin stabilis]


(adj. ˈsteɪ bɪl, -bəl; esp. Brit. -baɪl; n. ˈsteɪ bil; esp. Brit. -baɪl)

1. fixed in position; stable.
2. resistant to physical or chemical change.
3. an abstract sculpture consisting of immobile units constructed of sheet metal, wire, etc., attached to fixed supports. Compare mobile (def. 8).
[1790–1800; < Latin: neuter of stabilis stable2]


A sculpture resembling a mobile, but which does not move. Compare mobile.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stabile - a sculpture having fixed units (usually constructed of sheet metal) and attached to a fixed support
sculpture - a three-dimensional work of plastic art
mobile - sculpture suspended in midair whose delicately balanced parts can be set in motion by air currents
Adj.1.stabile - (chemistry, physics, biology) resistant to change
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
stable - resistant to change of position or condition; "a stable ladder"; "a stable peace"; "a stable relationship"; "stable prices"
2.stabile - not able or intended to be movedstabile - not able or intended to be moved; "the immovable hills"
immobile - not capable of movement or of being moved