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adjective mo·bile \ˈmō-bəl, -ˌbī-əl also -ˌbēl\

Simple Definition of mobile

  • : able to move from one place to another

  • : able to move with the use of vehicles (such as trucks and airplanes)

  • : able to be moved

Full Definition of mobile

  1. 1 :  capable of moving or being moved :  movable <a mobile missile launcher>

  2. 2 a :  changeable in appearance, mood, or purpose <mobile face> b :  adaptable, versatile

  3. 3 :  migratory

  4. 4 a :  characterized by the mixing of social groups b :  having the opportunity for or undergoing a shift in status within the levels of a society <socially mobile workers>

  5. 5 :  marked by the use of vehicles for transportation <mobile warfare>

  6. 6 :  of or relating to a mobile

  7. 7 :  cellular 3 <a mobile phone>

mo·bil·i·ty play \mō-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of mobile

  1. Their armies are now fully mobile.

  2. a mobile kitchen that helps bring food to homeless people



Origin of mobile

Middle English mobyll, from Anglo-French moble, from Latin mobilis, from movēre to move


First Known Use: 15th century


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noun mo·bile \ˈmō-ˌbēl\

Simple Definition of mobile

  • : a work of art or a decoration that is hung from above and that has attached shapes or figures that move easily in the air

Full Definition of mobile

  1. 1 :  a construction or sculpture frequently of wire and sheet metal shapes with parts that can be set in motion by air currents; also :  a similar structure (as of paper or plastic) suspended so that it moves in a current of air

  2. 2 British :  cell phone, mobile phone

Examples of mobile

  1. They hung a mobile over the baby's bed.

  2. Even if I'm out of the office you can reach me on my mobile.



1937

First Known Use of mobile

1937


Mobile

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geographical name Mo·bile \mō-ˈbēl, ˈmō-ˌbēl\

Definition of Mobile

  1. 1 river 38 miles (61 kilometers) long SW Alabama formed by Alabama & Tombigbee rivers & flowing S into Mobile Bay (inlet of Gulf of Mexico)

  2. 2 city & port SW Alabama pop 195,111




-mobile

noun combining form mo·bile

Definition of -mobile

  1. 1 :  motorized vehicle <snowmobile>

  2. 2 :  automotive vehicle bringing services to the public <bloodmobile> <bookmobile>



Origin of -mobile

automobile



MOBILE Defined for Kids

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mobile

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adjective mo·bile \ˈmō-bəl, -ˌbēl, -ˌbīl\

Definition of mobile

  1. 1 :  easily moved :  movable <mobile television cameras>

  2. 2 :  changing quickly in expression <The man had a mobile, passionate face … — Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain>




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noun mo·bile \ˈmō-ˌbēl\

Definition of mobile

  1. :  an artistic structure whose parts can be moved especially by air currents




Medical Dictionary

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adjective mo·bile \ˈmō-bəl, -ˌbīl\

Medical Definition of mobile

  1. 1:  capable of moving or being moved about readily <globular proteins that are mobile and rod-shaped proteins that form solid structures> <the tongue…is clearly the most mobile articulator—G. A. Miller>

  2. 2:  characterized by an extreme degree of fluidity <ether and mercury are mobile liquids>

  3. mo·bil·i·ty \mō-ˈbil-ət-ē\play noun, plural mo·bil·i·ties





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