stabilizer


stabilizer
/stay"beuh luy'zeuhr/, n.
1. a person or thing that stabilizes.
2. Aeron. a device for stabilizing an aircraft, as the fixed, horizontal tail surface on an airplane. Cf. horizontal stabilizer, vertical stabilizer.
3. Naut.
a. a mechanical device for counteracting the roll of a vessel, consisting of a pair of retractable fins so pivoted as to oppose a downward force with an upward one, and vice versa.
b. a gyrostabilizer.
4. any of various substances added to foods, chemical compounds, etc., to prevent deterioration, the breaking down of an emulsion, or the loss of desirable properties.
5. any compound that, when included with an explosive, decreases the ability of the latter to decompose spontaneously.
6. a substance, as beeswax or aluminum stearate, added to a fast-drying oil paint to improve the dispersion of pigment.
7. a comparatively large shock absorber for motor vehicles.
8. Mil.
a. any of various devices or systems that keep a gun mounted on a moving ship, tank, or plane automatically aimed at its target.
b. any of various mechanical devices, such as fins, or electronic systems that keep a shell, bomb, rocket, etc., aligned with its target.
9. Navy. any of various devices or systems used to keep a submarine or a torpedo at the proper depth or in the proper position.
[1905-10; STABILIZE + -ER1]

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Stabilizer — (spelt stabiliser in UK English) may mean:* Stabilizer (aircraft), surfaces to help keep aircraft under control * Stabilizer (ship), fins on ships to counteract roll * Stabilizer (Music Breakbeat UK), UK based breakbeat producer * Stabilizer… …   Wikipedia

  • stabilizer — sta‧bil‧iz‧er [ˈsteɪblaɪzə ǁ ər] also stabiliser noun [countable usually plural] ECONOMICS one of the ways in which a government tries to prevent large movements in the level of employment, incomes, prices, and production, for example by… …   Financial and business terms

  • stabilizer — (n.) 1909 in aeronautical sense, agent noun from STABILIZE (Cf. stabilize) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • stabilizer — (Amer.) sta·bi·liz·er || steɪbɪlaɪzÉ™(r) n. person or thing that stabilizes; relatively large shock absorber for cars; (Aviation) airfoil that stabilizes an airplane; (Nautical) mechanical device that controls and reduces the the rolling of …   English contemporary dictionary

  • stabilizer — (also stabiliser) ► NOUN 1) the horizontal tailplane of an aircraft. 2) a gyroscopic device used to reduce the rolling of a ship. 3) (stabilizers) Brit. a pair of small supporting wheels fitted on a child s bicycle. 4) a substance preventing the… …   English terms dictionary

  • stabilizer — [stā′bəlī΄zər] n. a person or thing that stabilizes; specif., a) any of the fixed airfoils or vanes that keep an airplane steady in flight, as the components of the tail section b) a device used to steady a ship in rough waters, esp. a… …   English World dictionary

  • stabilizer — A variety of devices used to keep the passenger compartment of a vehicle from swaying and lurching on sharp curves and turns. See idle speed stabilizer stabilizer bar UV stabilizer …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • stabilizer — UK [ˈsteɪbəlaɪzə(r)] / US [ˈsteɪb(ə)lˌaɪzər] noun [countable] Word forms stabilizer : singular stabilizer plural stabilizers 1) a) a part on a vehicle or machine that keeps it steady or in the correct position b) British one of a set of two small …   English dictionary

  • stabilizer — [[t]ste͟ɪbɪlaɪzə(r)[/t]] stabilizers N COUNT A stabilizer is a device, mechanism, or chemical that makes something stable. (in BRIT, also use stabiliser) …   English dictionary

  • stabilizer — stabilizatorius statusas T sritis automatika atitikmenys: angl. stabilizer vok. Konstanthalter, m; Stabilisator, m rus. стабилизатор, m pranc. stabilisateur, m …   Automatikos terminų žodynas