WOTW: stable

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triplo word of the week - stable

 

“Stable” is an adjective and a noun, but the means are very different. Let’s have a look at the meanings and some example.

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The main meaning of the adjective “stable” is something not likely to fall over or break, something fixed firmly.

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+ These boats are designed to be very stable. You won’t fall in.

+ The book shelfs are stable and won`t fall down in an earthquake.

+ The shape of the car makes it stable at high speeds.

+ Don’t stand on that, it’s not stable!!

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There are many related meanings of the “stable”, someone`s health not getting worse after an injury; sensible and not crazy, not easily upset; not likely to change or fail.

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+ He is in a stable condition after the surgery.

+ She is usually very mentally and emotionally stable.

+ He needed a more stable home environment.

+ They are now both in stable, happy relationships.

+ Consumer prices were stable but have now started to rise.

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Note that it is quite common to use the word “unstable” too.

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+ He has been very unstable since he got divorced.

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The meaning of the noun “stable” is a special building for keeping horses.

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+ The horse was led from its stable to the field.

+ The house has some old stables but there aren`t any horses.

+ She cleared out the stable every morning and replaced the hay.

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The pronunciation is / ˈsteɪb(ə)l /.

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This word is in the New General Service List, a list of the 3,000 most common words in English communication. You can get the full list on our website by clicking here.

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この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。

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