adjective \ˈmō-bəl, -ˌbī-əl also -ˌbēl\

: 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

:  capable of moving or being moved :  movable <a mobile missile launcher>
a :  changeable in appearance, mood, or purpose <mobile face>
b :  adaptable, versatile
:  migratory
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>
:  marked by the use of vehicles for transportation <mobile warfare>
:  of or relating to a mobile
:  cellular 3 <a mobile phone>
mo·bil·i·ty \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


noun \ˈmō-ˌbēl\

: 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

:  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

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.

First Known Use of MOBILE



geographical name \mō-ˈbēl, ˈmō-ˌbēl\

Definition of MOBILE

river 38 miles (61 kilometers) long SW Alabama formed by Alabama & Tombigbee rivers & flowing S into Mobile Bay (inlet of Gulf of Mexico)
city & port SW Alabama pop 198,915


adjective \ˈmō-bəl, -ˌbīl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MOBILE

: 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>
: characterized by an extreme degree of fluidity <ether and mercury are mobile liquids>
mo·bil·i·ty \mō-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun, plural mo·bil·i·ties


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Abstract sculpture that has moving parts, driven either by motors or by the natural force of air currents. Its revolving parts create a new visual experience of constantly changing volumes and forms. The term was initially suggested by Marcel Duchamp for a 1932 Paris exhibition of such works by Alexander Calder, who became the mobile's greatest exponent.


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