im·​mo·​bile | \(ˌ)i(m)-ˈmō-bəl, -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 \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for immobile


nonmoving, static, stationary


mobile, movable (or moveable), moving, nonstationary

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Examples of immobile in a Sentence

The tranquilizer made the animal immobile. The accident left her immobile.

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The video, which has already garnered more than a million views on Facebook, shows the crayfish on the edge of the pot using its right claw to rip off its left one,which appeared immobile. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "A Crayfish Amputated Its Own Claw to Avoid Being Boiled Alive in a Hotpot," 4 June 2018 It’s designed for neat and tidy pavement, clear road edges, and immobile crash barriers that can be used as reference points. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "A Racing Robocar Takes On England's Swankiest Track," 7 July 2018 Tami is left to sail the ship set for San Diego from Tahiti solo after the treacherous storm renders her fiancé, Richard (Claflin) immobile. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "9 movies romance junkies need to see this year," 4 May 2018 These immobile, tubular structures sit on the front of an owl’s face like a pair of built-in binoculars. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Owls See the World Much Like We Do," 3 July 2018 Going for an iconic face rather than a skilled musical theater performer to play King Herod, the production settled for a near-immobile Alice Cooper, who was more of a sneering geriatric rocker than a mocking vaudevillian. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert': TV Review," 2 Apr. 2018 The man had gotten himself out of the car and bystanders came to him to hold his neck and spine immobile to try to avoid spinal cord injury, Zellmann said. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Car bent in two after hitting a light pole in West Allis, but driver gets out on his own," 30 May 2018 In every other scene, though, the lens is an utterly disinterested observer, the camera fixed atop a tripod, anchored and immobile. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Scenes of a privileged paradise that can never be in Ragnar Kjartansson’s ‘Western Culture’," 25 May 2018 Social isolation is one of the hardest parts of growing older, especially when friends become immobile or pass away. Scott Nordlund,, "How to find the right caregiver for your aging parent," 24 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of immobile

: unable to move

: not moving


im·​mo·​bile | \i-ˈmō-bəl \

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, -ˌbēl, -ˌbīl \

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 \ noun plural -ties

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obstinately defiant of authority

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