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

Definition of immobile

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

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Other Words from immobile

immobility \ ˌi-​(ˌ)mō-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce immobility (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 Jennifer remains in the hospital and is expected to remain immobile for at least another six weeks, particularly while her pelvis mends., "With Christmas almost here and Karson Kuhlman inching back toward the Bruins lineup, his fractured tibia back in working order, his mom remains in a United Kingdom hospital recovering from multiple surgeries related to a severe car accident outside London on Dec. 9.," 23 Dec. 2019 The famously feisty Ryder, who is today largely immobile and unable to talk, also made an appearance, sharing private moments with both Zellweger and Cox. Scott Huver,, "Renée Zellweger & Courteney Cox Support Longtime Friend and Publicist Nanci Ryder at ALS Walk," 4 Nov. 2019 But that statistic obscures that for some women, the gender wage gap has not just remained immobile, but gotten worse. Mónica Ramírez, Fortune, "Latina Equal Pay Day Is Later Than Last Year. We Can’t Afford to Fall Further Behind," 20 Nov. 2019 Drone delivery and self-driving vehicles might make life much easier for the relatively immobile, and biomedical technology is showing real promise. Tyler Cowen, Twin Cities, "Tyler Cowen: Good news, young people! Social Security isn’t doomed!," 15 Nov. 2019 Prone restraints, in which a person is pinned face down on the floor with limbs held immobile by at least two people, are controversial and banned for use in schools in several states. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Death of student with autism leads to manslaughter charges against 3 at California school," 13 Nov. 2019 Jon, 77, was diagnosed in 2010 and is completely immobile now. Darcel Rockett,, "Illness, injury and aging mean homes with accessibility are in great demand. But that doesn’t mean they’re easy to find.," 25 Nov. 2019 Okay, so these are tiny, immobile workaholic bugs that eat rocks. National Geographic, "Episode 2: The Alien Underground," 22 Oct. 2019 Advertising His Apple Watch had called 911 through the fall-detection feature, which sends out an alert if the wearer is immobile for 60 seconds after a fall. Jared Brown, The Seattle Times, "Bike crash left Spokane man unconscious, so his Apple Watch called 911," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of immobile

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for immobile

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

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The first known use of immobile was in the 14th century

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29 Dec 2019

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“Immobile.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce immobile (audio)

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 immobility (audio) \ noun, plural immobilities

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