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

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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 Iguanas are cold blooded and slow down or become immobile when temperatures drop. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Falling iguana alert! Cold weather in Florida may cause iguanas to fall out of trees. But they're not dead.," 23 Dec. 2020 The Vikings faced neither Montgomery nor Trubisky during last month's 19-13 win at Chicago, where immobile quarterback Nick Foles was shut down and Montgomery was sidelined by a concussion. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Bears' David Montgomery slices up Vikings' depleted run defense," 21 Dec. 2020 Apparently, Henri had a deteriorating spinal condition and had been rendered largely immobile as a result. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "R.I.P. Henri, le Chat Noir, angst-ridden feline YouTube star for the ages," 10 Dec. 2020 When the bay water temperatures drop, the turtles become immobile and can wash ashore. Mary Ann Bragg, USA TODAY, "350-pound loggerhead among more than 150 cold-stunned turtles rescued in Massachusetts," 23 Nov. 2020 Dallas is now a league-worst minus-13 in the takeaway department as even a good defensive effort Sunday produced no turnovers and no sacks of an immobile Ben Roethlisberger. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Questionable penalties against Leighton Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith derail inspired outing for Cowboys' defense vs. Steelers," 8 Nov. 2020 On the flip side, the Titans have to view the chance to get after immobile Nick Foles as a rare opportunity to win up front. Brad Biggs,, "Column: The Chicago Bears are in a quandary on the offensive line this week — and it’s further proof that GM Ryan Pace needs to fix the unit in the offseason," 6 Nov. 2020 These predisposing factors magnify the sensations associated with injury; in consequence, the internal model of the immobile leg persists even after the limb regains its function, leading to functional paralysis. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Decoding a Disorder at the Interface of Mind and Brain," 1 Nov. 2020 Shanahan illustrated his point by pointing to two immobile legends, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Eric Branch,, "Has 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan had a change of heart over mobile quarterbacks?," 29 Oct. 2020

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

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7 Jan 2021

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“Immobile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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 immobile (audio) \ noun, plural immobilities

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