immobile

adjective

im·​mo·​bile (ˌ)i(m)-ˈmō-bəl How to pronounce immobile (audio)
-ˌbī(-ə)l,
 also  -ˌbēl
1
: not moving : motionless
keep the patient immobile
2
: incapable of being moved : fixed
immobility noun

Example Sentences

The tranquilizer made the animal immobile. The accident left her immobile.
Recent Examples on the Web Rheinstein had long been hoping to find a house in the area, but the desire became even more intense after an accident in the fall of 2015 shattered her foot and elbow and left her immobile for months. David Netto, Town & Country, 6 Mar. 2023 Ramos appears immobile as paramedics measure his blood oxygen levels. Dallas News, 19 Aug. 2022 Next, the researchers looked at HSP47 in people with spinal cord injuries, who—like hibernating bears—don’t seem to develop blood clots very frequently, despite being immobile for long periods of time. Byelizabeth Pennisi, science.org, 13 Apr. 2023 The vehicles are monitored and alerts are received in real-time, so other drivers do not need to alert Waymo operators when a car is immobile, the company spokesperson said. Corina Vanek, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2023 Eventually Kenya's king is cornered, immobile. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 26 July 2021 So the researchers kept testing compounds that would keep sperm immobile. WIRED, 14 Feb. 2023 Shattles said that while that specific problem is not that common, 167 buses broke down or became immobile due to the ice since Wednesday. Dallas News, 25 Feb. 2022 New Scientist reported that mice fed a high-salt diet became completely immobile within a week, whereas those on low-salt diets lost only the ability to move their tails. Becky Lang, Discover Magazine, 6 Mar. 2013 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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Cite this Entry

“Immobile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immobile. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

immobile

adjective
im·​mo·​bile (ˈ)im-ˈ(m)ō-bəl How to pronounce immobile (audio)
-ˌbēl,
-ˌbīl
: unable to move or be moved
immobility noun

Medical Definition

immobile

adjective
1
: incapable of being moved
2
: not moving
keep the patient immobile
immobility noun
plural immobilities

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