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(Sta"ble*boy` Sta"ble*man) , n. A boy or man who attends in a stable; a groom; a hostler.
(Sta"ble*ness), n. The quality or state of being stable, or firmly established; stability.
(Sta"bler) n. A stable keeper. De Foe.
(Sta"ble stand`) (O.Eng. Law) The position of a man who is found at his standing in the
forest, with a crossbow or a longbow bent, ready to shoot at a deer, or close by a tree with greyhounds
in a leash ready to slip; one of the four presumptions that a man intends stealing the king's deer. Wharton.
1. The act or practice of keeping horses and cattle in a stable.
2. A building, shed, or room for horses and cattle.
(Stab"lish) v. t. [Aphetic form of establish.] To settle permanently in a state; to make firm; to
establish; to fix. [Obs.] 2 Sam. vii. 13.
(Stab"lish*ment) n. Establishment. [Obs.]
(Sta"bly) adv. In a stable manner; firmly; fixedly; steadily; as, a government stably settled.
(Stab`u*la"tion) n. [L. stabulatio, fr. stabulari to stable cattle, fr. stabulum. See Stable,
1. The act of stabling or housing beasts.
2. A place for lodging beasts; a stable. [Obs.]
(||Stac*ca"to) a. [It., p. p. of staccere, equivalent to distaccare. See Detach.]
1. (Mus.) Disconnected; separated; distinct; a direction to perform the notes of a passage in a short,
distinct, and pointed manner. It is opposed to legato, and often indicated by heavy accents written over
or under the notes, or by dots when the performance is to be less distinct and emphatic.
2. Expressed in a brief, pointed manner.
Staccato and peremptory [literary criticism].G. Eliot.
(Stack) a. [Icel. stakkr; akin to Sw. stack, Dan. stak. Sf. Stake.]
1. A large pile of hay, grain, straw, or the like, usually of a nearly conical form, but sometimes rectangular
or oblong, contracted at the top to a point or ridge, and sometimes covered with thatch.
But corn was housed, and beans were in the stack.Cowper.
2. A pile of poles or wood, indefinite in quantity.
Against every pillar was a stack of billets above a man's height.Bacon.
3. A pile of wood containing 108 cubic feet. [Eng.]
4. (Arch.) (a) A number of flues embodied in one structure, rising above the roof. Hence: (b) Any
single insulated and prominent structure, or upright pipe, which affords a conduit for smoke; as, the brick
smokestack of a factory; the smokestack of a steam vessel.