im·​mo·​bile | \ (ˌ)i(m)-ˈmō-bəl How to pronounce immobile (audio) , -ˌbī(-ə)l also -ˌbēl \

Definition of immobile

1 : not moving : motionless keep the patient immobile
2 : incapable of being moved : fixed

Other Words from immobile

immobility \ ˌi-​(ˌ)mō-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce immobile (audio) \ noun

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Examples of immobile in a Sentence

The tranquilizer made the animal immobile. The accident left her immobile.
Recent Examples on the Web Ma looks like one of the saints arrayed around the central image of the Emperor in a Byzantine mosaic, silent and immobile. George Calhoun, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 For example, Lance last week played the role of Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins, a largely immobile pocket passer. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Dec. 2021 When the researchers removed the tail from the simulation or kept it from moving, the dinosaur started rotating its pelvis differently to compensate for the missing or immobile tail. Yasemin Saplakoglu, Scientific American, 22 Sep. 2021 The result was that virtually every street and avenue became a river of moving steel, flanked by banks of immobile steel. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 11 Nov. 2021 One of the assailants then briefly tried to pull the third, immobile man away, but gave up the attempt and fled. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Oct. 2021 Most White Sox fans who endured the crush of humanity at the corner of Wacker Drive and Clark Street on Friday were more than happy to be stuck hundreds deep in an immobile crowd to catch a glimpse of their beloved world champions. Kori Rumore,, 19 Oct. 2021 The problem, described in 22 consumer complaints so far, is that the trucks could stall and become immobile while traveling at speeds over 25 mph. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, 18 Oct. 2021 When pressure is applied to the material, the octahedral elements become immobile. Lars Fischer, Scientific American, 20 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of immobile

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for immobile

Middle English in-mobill, from Latin immobilis, from in- + mobilis mobile

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“Immobile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of immobile

: unable to move
: not moving


im·​mo·​bile | \ i-ˈmō-bəl How to pronounce immobile (audio) \

Kids Definition of immobile

: unable to move or be moved The snake's venom left its prey immobile.


im·​mo·​bile | \ (ˈ)im-ˈ(m)ō-bəl How to pronounce immobile (audio) , -ˌbēl How to pronounce immobile (audio) , -ˌbīl How to pronounce immobile (audio) \

Medical Definition of immobile

1 : incapable of being moved
2 : not moving keep the patient immobile

Other Words from immobile

immobility \ ˌim-​(ˌ)ō-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce immobile (audio) \ noun, plural immobilities

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