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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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A sculpture resembling a mobile, but which does not move. Compare mobile.
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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
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The first exhibition, "Alexander Calder: The Art of Invention," was organized in collaboration with the Calder Foundation and consists of work from 1926 to 1976 including mobiles, stabiles, toys, jewelry and household objects.
These he named "stabiles." The sculpture shown here, Flamingo, is a stabile.