mo·​bile | \ ˈmō-bəl How to pronounce mobile (audio) , -ˌbī-əl How to pronounce mobile (audio) also -ˌbēl How to pronounce mobile (audio) \

Definition of mobile

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : capable of moving or being moved : movable a mobile missile launcher a mobile laboratory
2a : changeable in appearance, mood, or purpose mobile face
b : adaptable, versatile an organization mobile enough to be able to cope with any emergency
3 : migratory a mobile society of nomadic herders
4a : characterized by the mixing of social groups the general confusion in moral standards which characterizes mobile societies— E. R. Mowrer
b : having the opportunity for or undergoing a shift in status within the levels of a society socially mobile workers
5 : marked by the use of vehicles for transportation mobile warfare
6 : of or relating to a mobile A mobile art work hung from the ceiling.
7 : cellular sense 3 a mobile phone


mo·​bile | \ ˈmō-ˌbēl How to pronounce mobile (audio) \

Definition of mobile (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a construction or sculpture frequently of wire and sheet metal shapes with parts that can be set in motion by air currents also : a similar structure (as of paper or plastic) suspended so that it moves in a current of air

Definition of -mobile (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : motorized vehicle snowmobile
2 : automotive vehicle bringing services to the public bloodmobile bookmobile


geographical name
Mo·​bile | \ mō-ˈbēl How to pronounce Mobile (audio) , ˈmō-ˌbēl \

Definition of Mobile (Entry 4 of 4)

1 river 38 miles (61 kilometers) long in southwestern Alabama formed by the Alabama and Tombigbee rivers and flowing south into Mobile Bay (an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico)
2 city and port at the point where the Mobile River enters Mobile Bay in southwestern Alabama population 195,111

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Synonyms & Antonyms for mobile

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of mobile in a Sentence

Adjective Their armies are now fully mobile. a mobile kitchen that helps bring food to homeless people Noun They hung a mobile over the baby's bed. Even if I'm out of the office you can reach me on my mobile.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Without a mobile app, however, a social network is not going to thrive in 2021. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "The Parler Bans Open a New Front in the 'Free Speech' Wars," 13 Jan. 2021 Financial terms of the deal were not announced, but the agreement would make BetMGM the exclusive sports betting partner of Washington's MLB team and include the launch of a mobile sports-betting app that could be ready in time for opening day. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Washington Nationals announce plans for sportsbook, wagering inside ballpark," 12 Jan. 2021 In the mobile app for Android or iOS, tap the headphones icon on the toolbar. David Nield, Popular Science, "How to convert text articles into audio (and why you might want to)," 5 Jan. 2021 In the spring, Miller met an Evanston entrepreneur named Stephen Klava, who had recently developed a mobile crowdfunding app. Heidi Stevens,, "Column: An Evanston family lost everything in a fire 2 days before Christmas. Their neighbors rushed to help make them whole.," 29 Dec. 2020 TikTok was the most-downloaded app in the world in 2020 and had the second-highest consumer spending and the eighth-most active monthly users of any mobile app, according to data from App Annie. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "DOJ appeals federal judge's order blocking TikTok ban: Report," 28 Dec. 2020 The enhanced mobile app features a series of COVID-19 wellness questions upon check-in, and a crowd meter that allows members to check club capacity levels before coming into the gym. Rachel King, Fortune, "What another lockdown means for January gym sales," 28 Dec. 2020 Experts advise customers who don't have influential Twitter followings to keep a close eye on bank accounts and use a bank with a mobile app that informs them any time a deduction is made. NBC News, "Customers fight surprise charges as online subscriptions surge," 23 Dec. 2020 For a more modern way to find the sleigh, NORAD provides Santa updates on its social media pages, Amazon Alexa, Onstar and a new mobile app available for iPhones and Android phones. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "Coronavirus won't stop us from tracking Santa Claus this year," 23 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That has meant investing across platforms in websites, mobile apps and streaming services such as Sinclair’s STIRR. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Sinclair Broadcast CEO Chris Ripley sees big future in pairing sports betting with media," 24 Dec. 2020 And while there are many online apps like Delectable and Vivino which let wine lovers keep track of their wines via mobile apps, there's something about keeping a personal journal that feels a bit more intimate to the hobby. Alicia Cypress, USA TODAY, "21 gift ideas for the wine lover in your life," 16 Dec. 2020 Most companies working on mobile apps have developed features to show people how to set up the test or collect a sample. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "Can You Get a Covid Test at Home?," 14 Dec. 2020 The show will also be available the day after the 12/13 broadcast premiere on demand via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps. Tricia Escobedo, CNN, "CNN to reveal the most inspiring moment of 2020," 13 Dec. 2020 Many have introduced curbside pick-up options and beefed up their websites and mobile apps. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, "Black Friday, Cyber Monday sales disappoint, another sign the economic recovery is stumbling," 1 Dec. 2020 Instead of depending solely on in-person visits, decentralized trials fully or partially use telehealth, connected devices, mobile apps, and other technology to aid patient participation. Kent Thoelke, STAT, "There’s a silent crisis in clinical research. And it’s not Covid-19," 28 Oct. 2020 Read the 2020 Home & Hearth Issue To read: Click on the right and left arrows at the edge of the box to turn pages; to make the text larger, click on the fullscreen icon in the lower-right corner (desktop) or in the center (mobile). Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "7 Ways with Oysters for New Year’s Eve," 30 Dec. 2020 Japan has some of the world’s best digital infrastructure, with top-notch mobile and broadband networks. The Economist, "Update required Japan’s new prime minister drags government into the digital era," 30 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of mobile


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mobile

Adjective and Noun

Middle English mobyll, from Anglo-French moble, from Latin mobilis, from movēre to move

Noun combining form


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The first known use of mobile was in the 15th century

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20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Mobile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce Mobile (audio) How to pronounce Mobile (audio) How to pronounce Mobile (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mobile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: able to move from one place to another
: able to move with the use of vehicles (such as trucks and airplanes)
: able to be moved


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English Language Learners Definition of mobile (Entry 2 of 2)

: a work of art or a decoration that is hung from above and that has attached shapes or figures that move easily in the air


mo·​bile | \ ˈmō-bəl How to pronounce mobile (audio) , -ˌbēl, -ˌbīl \

Kids Definition of mobile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : easily moved : movable mobile television cameras
2 : changing quickly in expression The man had a mobile, passionate face …— Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain


mo·​bile | \ ˈmō-ˌbēl How to pronounce mobile (audio) \

Kids Definition of mobile (Entry 2 of 2)

: an artistic structure whose parts can be moved especially by air currents


mo·​bile | \ ˈmō-bəl How to pronounce mobile (audio) , -ˌbīl How to pronounce mobile (audio) \

Medical Definition of mobile

1 : capable of moving or being moved about readily globular proteins that are mobile and rod-shaped proteins that form solid structures the tongue…is clearly the most mobile articulator— G. A. Miller
2 : characterized by an extreme degree of fluidity ether and mercury are mobile liquids

Other Words from mobile

mobility \ mō-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce mobile (audio) \ noun, plural mobilities

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