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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. IX).

Stabil(l, Stable, v.2 Also: staibill. [ME and e.m.E. stable(n (14th c.), OF establer (1080 in Larousse), L. stabulāre.]

1. tr. To put (a horse, also, once, a Centaur) in a stable, to shelter, feed, etc., (a horse) in or as in a stable. b. transf. To lodge (a person). c1420 Wynt. vi 410.
Thai … stabilid [C. stablit, W. stabillit] in kyrkys thare thaire hors
a1500 Sir Eger 1633.
He took them by the bridles bright, Stabled them … and made them stand
a1500 Sir Eger 2252 (L).
And bad they [sc. the horses] should be stabled soon … Feed them right well with hay and corn
1513 Doug. vi iv 102.
The Centawres war stablit at this port
b. a1500 Sir Eger 1720.
I wot not but yon knights keen, May stabled be where mine horse been

2. intr. a. Of a horse: To live in a stable. b. Of a person: To keep a horse in a stable.a. 1508 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 117.
Lokkis … for the sure keping of the hors that stabillis with thame
b. 1589 Edinb. B. Rec. V 8.
All hoistellaris and staibleris to gif up ilk nycht … to the baillie … the names of the persouns that ludges and staibills with thame
1673 Cunningham Diary 31.
Spent when I stabled at Dumbarton, 5 s. 4 d.

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