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
2 British : cell phone, mobile phone

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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mobility \ mō-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce mobility (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for mobile

Synonyms: Adjective

movable (or moveable), portable

Antonyms: Adjective

immobile, immovable, irremovable, nonmobile, unmovable

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Examples of mobile in a Sentence


Their armies are now fully mobile. a mobile kitchen that helps bring food to homeless people


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

While Google, Apple, and Facebook offer mobile payments through apps, these services haven’t caught on widely, and the US tech giants have mostly steered clear of the more regulatory-intensive services like lending. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Democrats want to keep Facebook out of finance—by law," 15 July 2019 On closer inspection, many shoppers appear to be leaving without proffering cash, card or mobile payment. The Economist, "DistributionAmazon and Alibaba are pacesetters of the next supply-chain revolution," 12 July 2019 Another idea is for families to dine in and not use their mobile devices throughout their entire meal. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Humble area pizzeria La Famiglia prides itself on family values," 12 July 2019 The fintech incubator is looking for ideas from a wide range of disciplines, including analytics, data science, blockchain, cybersecurity, mobile payments and insurance technology, among other areas. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD links up with startup group EvoNexus, hoping to create ‘fintech’ hub in San Diego," 11 June 2019 Yes, Bethesda is resurrecting id Software’s old Commander Keen—but only for mobile devices unfortunately. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Bethesda's E3 2019 showcase: Doom Eternal and surprise games steal the spotlight," 9 June 2019 Well, those lengthy case studies can be read to you via your mobile device. Jessica Levy,, "Cengage improves affordable access to quality learning with digital subscription," 7 June 2019 The 1 billion viewers expected this year is a big increase on 2015 when 750 million watched the action on TV and 86 million tuned in online or their mobile devices. NBC News, "Women's soccer enters new era with huge World Cup audiences," 2 July 2019 But a wave of robots is lining up to take the place of defunct robots, including BUDDY (Blue Frog Robotics), a big-eyed mobile device that plays games in addition to acting as a personal assistant and providing home automation and security. Scientific American, "Social Robots Play Nicely with Others," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One of the six 27-foot-long hot dog mobiles that travel the counttry will be parked in Chicago, Oscar Mayer’s hometown, for the occasion. Matt Mcnulty,, "You Can Stay Overnight in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile - It's Listed on Airbnb!," 17 July 2019 Verizon has bragged about having the best and most reliable 4G LTE mobile networks. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Verizon has the fastest and best mobile network, study shows," 16 July 2019 Nearly two-thirds of Netflix viewers subscribe to three or more different streaming services, previous analysis by mobile in-app market research firm Unomer shows. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "For Netflix, being a premium service in India has its perks," 11 July 2019 From a creative standpoint, Life Camp, Inc. has already launched a peace mobile or mobile trauma unit that will go borough by borough offering trauma recovery services. Erica Ford, Essence, "Reducing Gun Violence By Healing Trauma," 10 July 2019 Goldman Sachs has given us Marcus, a bank account without such nuisances as a debit card or mobile check deposit. Owen Thomas,, "Stop trying to make ‘fintech’ happen, Gretchen. It’s not going to happen," 10 July 2019 The Department of the Interior couldn’t govern snow mobiles in national parks. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, "The Supreme Court Is One Vote Away from Changing How the U.S. Is Governed," 3 July 2019 The department’s Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance Program will immediately provide $6 million to the state to hire, equip and train rural police, and for mobile holding cells. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "US attorney general declares emergency for public safety in rural Alaska, freeing up $10.5 million to support police," 29 June 2019 There is a lot of excitement, and quite a bit of hype, over the upcoming 5G mobile networks. Larry Magid, The Mercury News, "Magid: 5G brings opportunities but also risks," 27 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mobile.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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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



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 mobility (audio) \ noun, plural mobilities

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