mobile

adjective
mo·​bile | \ ˈmō-bəl, -ˌbī-əl also -ˌbēl \

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

mobile

noun
mo·​bile | \ ˈmō-ˌbēl \

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

Mobile

geographical name
Mo·​bile | \ mō-ˈbēl, 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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Other Words from mobile

Adjective

mobility \ mō-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ 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

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

The rich aren’t rich enough to fund the modern welfare state’s ambitions, and their labor and wealth are too mobile to pin down in high-tax jurisdictions. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "All the Taxes in France," 7 Dec. 2018 Weight: 14 oz. A #1 bestseller on Amazon, these 20-ounce hiking shoes are designed to be more mobile than a boot. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Hiking Boots for Women, Reviewed by Experts," 4 Dec. 2018 Lysoivanov and his assistant made sure their rig was mobile enough to set up and tear down in 20 minutes and fit in two backpacks and two duffel bags. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Cave acoustics can help sculpt more realistic sounds in digital space," 14 Nov. 2018 The laser is mobile, networking generators, sensors and command-and-control systems packed on the back of trucks. Jamie Seidel, Fox News, "Russia accused of testing a 'killer satellite' in orbit," 16 Aug. 2018 But this is largely attributable to the life choices of the boomer generation, which was far more mobile than the generations before it. Lyman Stone, Vox, "The myth of the job-hopping, rootless millennial is just that — a myth," 11 July 2018 Being so mobile, and so visible, was a revelation to many. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 Management scrums aim to be a bit more mobile than that. The Economist, "The fashion for agile management is spreading," 5 July 2018 People are more mobile today and travel is growing. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "From Ace Hotel, a New City and a New Brand," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The amount of time now being spent watching video on mobile is over an hour a day. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Meg Whitman Wants to Change What You Watch," 20 Dec. 2018 And with an appetite for first-person shooters, many were quick to latch onto PUBG, which arrived on mobile before Fortnite. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "PUBG mobile has as many players as Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 Elsewhere Facebook finished rolling out its video tab globally on the desktop as well as mobile, and is introducing mid-roll advertising to more companies. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data," 14 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, despite owning the leading mobile operating system, Google has barely made a dent in smartphones. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Why Big Tech Keeps Trying Its Hand at Hardware," 19 Oct. 2018 The information is also posted on the state’s FL511.com website and mobile apps. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "New sensors alert truckers to open spaces on I-4 rest area in Seminole, others on I-95," 27 June 2018 But the company's latest desktop and mobile operating systems contain a more subtle, yet more radical, innovation. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Apple Just Made Safari the Good Privacy Browser," 4 June 2018 And between them, Apple and Google control 99 percent of the mobile operating systems that power the phone in your pocket or your hand right now. Dante Chinni, NBC News, "From News to Shoes: How big is big tech?," 25 Feb. 2018 Readers increasingly migrated to the internet and mobile apps and spent more hours on social media such as Facebook. Damian J. Troise, The Seattle Times, "Newspapers endure more cuts, hope for brighter future online," 24 July 2018

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First Known Use of mobile

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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

automobile

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mobile

adjective

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

mobile

noun

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

mobile

adjective
mo·​bile | \ ˈmō-bəl, -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

mobile

noun
mo·​bile | \ ˈmō-ˌbēl \

Kids Definition of mobile (Entry 2 of 2)

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

mobile

adjective
mo·​bile | \ ˈmō-bəl, -ˌbīl \

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 \ noun, plural -ties

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