sta·ble 2 (stābəl)
a. A building for the shelter and feeding of certain domestic animals, especially horses.
b. A group of animals lodged in such a building.
a. All the racehorses belonging to a single owner or racing establishment.
b. The personnel employed to keep and train such a group of racehorses.
3. A group, as of athletes or entertainers, under common management: a stable of prizefighters.
v. sta·bled, sta·bling, sta·bles
To put or keep in a stable.
To live in a stable.
[Middle English, from Old French estable, from Latin stabulum, stable, standing place; see stā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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