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 People had poured into an auditorium to hear an immobile man with a computerized voice speak about bewildering theories in physics—a prospect so audacious and remote, at most other times, that Hawking himself was unprepared for it. Samanth Subramanian, The New Republic, "The Mysteries of Stephen Hawking’s Universe," 6 Apr. 2021 The same was true for Cousins, a largely immobile QB whom Shanahan has coveted. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, "'Don't sleep on Mac Jones': 49ers' next stunner could be drafting Alabama QB at No. 3," 26 Mar. 2021 As below-freezing temperatures hit the coast during the February storm, scientists, volunteers and even the U.S. Coast Guard joined the effort to rescue the immobile sea turtles from the water and shore. Jamie Stengle, ajc, "About 4,300 cold-stunned turtles survived the Texas freeze," 25 Mar. 2021 On the morning of July 24, 2018, Lovato’s assistant at the time, Jordan Jackson, discovered the singer’s immobile body in her bed and called head of security and chief of staff Max Lea in a panic. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "10 Biggest Revelations From Demi Lovato’s Docuseries 'Dancing With the Devil'," 16 Mar. 2021 Lopez was unconscious and immobile, slightly angled up in her bed. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, "She was dying of COVID-19. Her last hope would save her or kill her," 12 Mar. 2021 After stabbing one of her johns with a pair of scissors — framed in the same kind of oblique, purposefully static way as the rest of the picture — Jeanne sits by herself, completely quiet and immobile, for seven whole minutes. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "The 101 Greatest Endings in Movies History," 22 Feb. 2021 If the user appears to be immobile, the watch does so automatically. Coral Murphy Marcos, USA TODAY, "New Best Buy Health services for Apple Watch aim to keep older adults safe and independent," 3 Mar. 2021 The family's attorney posted a video on YouTube of the incident that appears to show Quinto bloodied and immobile before being transported by police in a carrying device. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Navy veteran dies after California police officers knelt on his neck for five minutes, family says in suit," 24 Feb. 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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The first known use of immobile was in the 14th century

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12 Apr 2021

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“Immobile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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