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I know I was very unstable and unhappy all through my life. I lost my mother and then my father. Losing Dad was like losing the bearings of my life. My sisters took it badly, but I took it worse. Throughout my lean phases, Dad was like a solid rock, supporting me, whether it was work, or my jail term.
Sanjay Dutt

Meaning of "unstable" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF UNSTABLE

unstable  [ʌnˈsteɪbəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF UNSTABLE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Unstable is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES UNSTABLE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

unstable

Instability

In numerous fields of study, the component of instability within a system is generally characterized by some of the outputs or internal states growing without bounds. Not all systems that are not stable are unstable; systems can also be marginally stable or exhibit limit cycle behavior. In control theory, a system is unstable if any of the roots of its characteristic equation has real part greater than zero. This is equivalent to any of the eigenvalues of the state matrix having either real part greater than zero, or, for the eigenvalues on the imaginary axis, the algebraic multiplicity being larger than the geometric multiplicity. In structural engineering, a structure can become unstable when excessive load is applied. Beyond a certain threshold, structural deflections magnify stresses, which in turn increases deflections. This can take the form of buckling or crippling. The general field of study is called structural stability. Atmospheric instability is a major component of all weather systems on Earth.

Definition of unstable in the English dictionary

The first definition of unstable in the dictionary is lacking stability, fixity, or firmness. Other definition of unstable is disposed to temperamental, emotional, or psychological variability. Unstable is also readily decomposing.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH UNSTABLE


able
ˈeɪbəl
astable
eɪˈsteɪbəl
biostable
ˈbaɪəʊˌsteɪbəl
bistable
baɪˈsteɪbəl
cable
ˈkeɪbəl
enable
ɪnˈeɪbəl
instable
ɪnˈsteɪbəl
metastable
ˌmɛtəˈsteɪbəl
monostable
ˌmɒnəʊˈsteɪbəl
restable
riːˈsteɪbəl
retable
rɪˈteɪbəl
round-table
ˌraʊndˈteɪbəl
sidetable
ˈsaɪdteɪbəl
stable
ˈsteɪbəl
table
ˈteɪbəl
thermostable
ˌθɜːməʊˈsteɪbəl
timetable
ˈtaɪmˌteɪbəl
turntable
ˈtɜːnˌteɪbəl
under-the-table
ˈʌndəðəˈteɪbəl
worktable
ˈwɜːkˌteɪbəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE UNSTABLE

unsquared
unstableness
unstably
unstack
unstaid
unstaidness
unstainable
unstained
unstalked
unstamped
unstanchable
unstanched
unstandardised
unstandardized
unstarch
unstarred
unstarry
unstartling
unstate
unstated

WORDS THAT END LIKE UNSTABLE

acceptable
accountable
adjustable
affordable
charitable
comfortable
inevitable
inflatable
notable
on the table
palatable
portable
potable
printable
profitable
reputable
suitable
unacceptable
uncomfortable
unforgettable
vegetable

Synonyms and antonyms of unstable in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «UNSTABLE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «unstable» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of unstable

Translation of «unstable» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF UNSTABLE

Find out the translation of unstable to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of unstable from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «unstable» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

不稳定的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

inestable
570 millions of speakers

English

unstable
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

अस्थिर
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

غَيْرُ مُسْتَقِرّ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

нестабильный
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

instável
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

অস্থিতিশীল
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

instable
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Tidak stabil
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

instabil
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

不安定な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

불안정한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Boten stabil
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

không ổn định
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நிலையற்ற
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

अस्थिर
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kararsız
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

instabile
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

chwiejny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

нестабільний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

instabil
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ανισόρροπος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

onstabiele
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

instabil
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ustabil
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of unstable

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «UNSTABLE»

The term «unstable» is very widely used and occupies the 15.759 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about unstable

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10 QUOTES WITH «UNSTABLE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word unstable.
1
John Barton
An experienced reader uses the poem as an agent of inquiry. This makes poetry very exciting, unstable, and interactive.
2
Jennifer Beals
There was a sense of all the things that go on on the street, particularly in New York, that you are just completely unaware of, that that conversation could be happening at any time. I loved the instability of the camera. It's just an unstable world.
3
Park Chan-wook
When I was going through puberty, I had all these feelings of being unstable through those years, and being uncontrollably drawn to things of beauty and things that are bad.
4
Helen Clark
If you neglect those who are currently poor and stable, you may create more poor and unstable people. There has been a tremendous concentration of donor interest in countries that are seen as particularly fragile - but it becomes harder to mobilise money for sub-Saharan, plain poor countries.
5
William J. Clinton
When I think about the world I would like to leave to my daughter and the grandchildren I hope to have, it is a world that moves away from unequal, unstable, unsustainable interdependence to integrated communities - locally, nationally and globally - that share the characteristics of all successful communities.
6
Jamie Cullum
As I grow older and meet more and more people, I realise how lucky I am to have had a stable family environment. Both my parents had loving families but unstable upbringings, so they wanted us to have a more stable situation.
7
Kara DioGuardi
I've never in my life bought a big piece of jewelry - like, 'I'm gonna get myself a big piece of jewelry!' Songwriters' lives are unstable and up and down. Even though mine has sort of has followed more of a going toward the sky trajectory.
8
K. Eric Drexler
My greatest concern is that the emergence of this technology without the appropriate public attention and international controls could lead to an unstable arms race.
9
Sanjay Dutt
I know I was very unstable and unhappy all through my life. I lost my mother and then my father. Losing Dad was like losing the bearings of my life. My sisters took it badly, but I took it worse. Throughout my lean phases, Dad was like a solid rock, supporting me, whether it was work, or my jail term.
10
Liam Fox
If Iran becomes a nuclear weapon state it is the end of non-proliferation as we know it. If Iran gets a nuclear weapon you are likely to see Saudi, Egypt and other countries follow suit and we will bequeath to the next generation a nuclear arms race in the world's most unstable region.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «UNSTABLE»

Discover the use of unstable in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to unstable and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Unstable Bodies: Victorian Representations of Sexuality and ...
Unstable bodies will be an essential reference work for students and scholars working in Victorian literary and cultural studies, feminist studies, and the history of sexuality.
Jill L. Matus, 1995
2
Unstable Angina: Diagnosis and Management - Clinical ...
Charts, graphs, tables & glossary. Also includes a 20-page Patient & Family Guide, Managing Unstable Angina.Ó
Eugene Braunwald, 1997
3
Stabilizing an Unstable Economy
The work of Hyman Minsky . . . is especially on the mark.” --Jeff Madrick, The New York Times “Hyman Minsky's work has never been more valuable.
Hyman Minsky, 2008
4
Unstable: She Was Not Supposed to Survive
The story describes what could happen when the psyche of a child is broken and the pain is buried within. Stephanie is the product of hate and a blatant disregard for human life. Some details of this story are hard to swallow.
Eva Tremaine, 2011
5
Unstable Universalities: Poststructuralism and Radical Politics
This work examines the theme of universality & its place in radical political theory.
Saul Newman, 2007
6
Border Fetishisms: Material Objects in Unstable Spaces
First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Patricia Spyer, 2013
7
Undead and Unstable
Betsy Taylor is determined to change the future for herself and her loved ones, but her actions could have life-shattering repercussions.
MaryJanice Davidson, 2012
8
Algebraic Methods in Unstable Homotopy Theory
This book is suitable for a course in unstable homotopy theory, following a first course in homotopy theory. It is also a valuable reference for both experts and graduate students wishing to enter the field.
Joseph Neisendorfer, 2010
9
Unstable Ground: Performance and the Politics of Place
In this book, Australian academics explore the nexus between place and performance in practices ranging from mainstream theatre to site specific performance.
Gay McAuley, 2006
10
Stable and Unstable Homotopy
This volume presents the proceedings of workshops on stable homotopy theory and on unstable homotopy theory held at The Fields Institute as part of the homotopy program during the year 1996.
William G. Dwyer, 1998

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «UNSTABLE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term unstable is used in the context of the following news items.
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'Unstable' Libya an 'entry point' for ISIS- reports
US President Barack Obama had earlier this week authorized up to 450 additional US troops to deploy to Iraq to help the local security forces in the fight against ... «Daily News & Analysis, Jun 15»
2
Marco Rubio: Obama Has Made Mideast 'More Dangerous and …
President Barack Obama's Middle East policies have "backfired," leaving the region "more dangerous and unstable," Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio ... «Newsmax, May 15»
3
Man killed in hillside collapse: 'The land is unstable'
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Donald Reading was digging for shark teeth on Saturday at Hang Glider Hill near the California Living Museum. He was ... «Bakersfield Now, Apr 15»
4
Branford man 'critical and unstable' after motorcycle accident at …
NEW HAVEN >> A Branford man was rushed to Yale-New Haven hospital Friday night after a motorcycle crash that has left him in “critical and unstable” ... «New Haven Register, Apr 15»
5
Youth misbehaves with AAP MLA Alka Lamba, claims to be 'mentally …
New Delhi: A youth, who claimed to be mentally unstable, was slapped by AAP MLA Alka Lamba when he allegedly tried to misbehave with her while she was ... «Firstpost, Apr 15»
6
Kitchener's Mayfair Hotel too unstable to repair, engineer says
Both those conditions are unstable and "represent life safety concerns," the report said. The report prompted the city to close Young Street to all pedestrian and ... «Waterloo Record, Apr 15»
7
Unstable rock face keeps Manawatu Gorge closed
New Zealand Transport Agency regional performance manager Mark Owen said that while the amount of debris that fell in the slip was not large, the unstable ... «Hawke's Bay Today, Apr 15»
8
Funnel cloud spotted near Aumsville during 'unstable' storm
The National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Statement, confirming the funnel cloud at 5:20 p.m. and warning that an unstable system would likely ... «kgw.com, Apr 15»
9
Official: Russian trawler that sank was seriously unstable
MOSCOW (AP) — A governor in Russia's Far East says the trawler that sank in the Sea of Okhotsk, killing at least 56 of the people onboard, was carrying only ... «Yahoo News, Apr 15»
10
Unstable Air Mass Brings Slight Chance of Rain and Thunderstorms
The chance of precipitation was set at 20 percent and, according to an NWS statement, would result from “an unstable air mass associated with an upper-level ... «Patch.com, Mar 15»

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