mo·​bile | \ ˈmō-bəl How to pronounce mobile (audio) , -ˌbī-əl How to pronounce mobile (audio) also -ˌbēl How to pronounce mobile (audio) \

Definition of mobile

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : capable of moving or being moved : movable a mobile missile launcher a mobile laboratory
2a : changeable in appearance, mood, or purpose mobile face
b : adaptable, versatile an organization mobile enough to be able to cope with any emergency
3 : migratory a mobile society of nomadic herders
4a : characterized by the mixing of social groups the general confusion in moral standards which characterizes mobile societies— E. R. Mowrer
b : having the opportunity for or undergoing a shift in status within the levels of a society socially mobile workers
5 : marked by the use of vehicles for transportation mobile warfare
6 : of or relating to a mobile A mobile art work hung from the ceiling.
7 : cellular sense 3 a mobile phone


mo·​bile | \ ˈmō-ˌbēl How to pronounce mobile (audio) \

Definition of mobile (Entry 2 of 4)

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

Definition of -mobile (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : motorized vehicle snowmobile
2 : automotive vehicle bringing services to the public bloodmobile bookmobile


geographical name
Mo·​bile | \ mō-ˈbēl How to pronounce Mobile (audio) , ˈmō-ˌbēl \

Definition of Mobile (Entry 4 of 4)

1 river 38 miles (61 kilometers) long in southwestern Alabama formed by the Alabama and Tombigbee rivers and flowing south into Mobile Bay (an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico)
2 city and port at the point where the Mobile River enters Mobile Bay in southwestern Alabama population 195,111

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Synonyms & Antonyms for mobile

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of mobile in a Sentence

Adjective Their armies are now fully mobile. a mobile kitchen that helps bring food to homeless people Noun They hung a mobile over the baby's bed. Even if I'm out of the office you can reach me on my mobile.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Whether those kinds of activities would be barred in China or around the world, or whether phone makers like Apple would be allowed to sell mobile phones installed with WeChat, remain up in the air. Ana Swanson, New York Times, "Trump’s Orders on WeChat and TikTok Are Uncertain. That May Be the Point.," 7 Aug. 2020 When you were first pitched a Fugitive show that would air in seven-eight minute chunks on mobile phones, what was your first reaction to something so unconventional? Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why Boyd Holbrook Was Prepared to Say No to Playing Another Dr. Richard Kimble on 'The Fugitive'," 3 Aug. 2020 Long queues formed, with people voting via their mobile phones after having their identities verified. The Christian Science Monitor, "Big Hong Kong voter turnout in defiance of Chinese security law," 12 July 2020 Long queues formed, with people voting via their mobile phones after having their identities verified. NBC News, "Over 600,000 in Hong Kong cast 'protest' vote against new security laws," 12 July 2020 Alaska Fishtopia brings previously scattered sportfishing information together for the first time direct to mobile phones. Anchorage Daily News, "Pandemic’s effect on global seafood industry demand and pricing will be long-lasting, report says," 7 July 2020 The US Supreme Court has upheld the federal ban on robocalls to mobile phones, rejecting a bid to topple the law on free speech grounds. Greg Stohr,, "Supreme Court upholds cellphone robocall ban," 6 July 2020 Compared to the beleaguered art of skywriting, skytyping remains a popular form of aerial advertising, reaching even for audiences glued to their mobile phones. Anne Quito, Quartz, "For Independence Day, skytypers will expose immigrant jails across the US," 3 July 2020 On the night of June 19, Jeyaraj and his son Bennicks -- who are only identified in court documents by their first names -- were selling mobile phones at their shop in Sathankulam, according to court documents. Swati Gupta And Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "They were arrested for breaking lockdown rules. Then they died in police custody," 1 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This HP DeskJet printer is cost-effective, compact, and mobile-friendly, even allowing users to print from the HP Smart app. Madison Durham, USA TODAY, "15 things you need from HP if you’re taking classes online this fall," 7 Aug. 2020 Desktop computers are becoming less popular and CD drives are being removed from many laptops, so the demand for mobile apps has been growing. Cassandra Brooklyn, Ars Technica, "How cell phones and Facebook are changing remote Nunatsiavut," 1 Aug. 2020 Murder House Flip is available to watch on Quibi, a mobile-only platform where all episodes are under 10 minutes long. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "'Murder House Flip' Is Renewed for a Second Season and We're Already Spooked," 18 June 2020 By the end of the month, India, citing data security concerns, had banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, including the popular video platform TikTok. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "How TikTok became a geopolitical flashpoint," 10 July 2020 The country’s Ministry of Information Technology banned 59 mobile apps, all Chinese, for allegedly endangering data security and privacy. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Smartphone Apps Are Now a Weapon in International Disputes," 30 June 2020 The lack of a tab strip on mobile has made managing multiple tabs a real pain, and Chrome's separate window-changer page has a number of problems. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Chrome for Android finally gets a bottom tab bar in new experiment," 29 June 2020 In some areas, local authorities have begun using text messages or mobile apps to warn residents of potential lightning activity based on sensor data and forecasts. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "Lightning strikes kill more than 100 in India," 26 June 2020 Specifically, Consumer Reports said Citi needs to provide clear and reliable information about its relief programs on its websites, bills and mobile apps. Matt Egan, CNN, "An alarming number of people are complaining about their Citi credit card accounts," 24 June 2020

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First Known Use of mobile


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mobile

Adjective and Noun

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

Noun combining form


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The first known use of mobile was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

11 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mobile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mobile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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


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English Language Learners Definition of mobile (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


mo·​bile | \ ˈmō-bəl How to pronounce mobile (audio) , -ˌbēl, -ˌbīl \

Kids Definition of mobile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : easily moved : movable mobile television cameras
2 : changing quickly in expression The man had a mobile, passionate face …— Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain


mo·​bile | \ ˈmō-ˌbēl How to pronounce mobile (audio) \

Kids Definition of mobile (Entry 2 of 2)

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


mo·​bile | \ ˈmō-bəl How to pronounce mobile (audio) , -ˌbīl How to pronounce mobile (audio) \

Medical Definition of mobile

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 : characterized by an extreme degree of fluidity ether and mercury are mobile liquids

Other Words from mobile

mobility \ mō-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce mobility (audio) \ noun, plural mobilities

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