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


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


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


mobility \mō-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for mobile

Synonyms: Adjective

migrant, migratory

Antonyms: Adjective

nonmigrant, nonmigratory, resident

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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

In addition to ambulance services, Grady this fall expects to have nurse practitioners respond to some less urgent calls in mobile integrated health units. Arielle Kass, ajc, "Grady says plan in place, will be ready to handle south Fulton service," 29 June 2018 The public may tour the mobile unit at open houses scheduled from 2-3 p.m. July 17 at the Newport location and July 19 at the Covington location. Terry Demio,, "Needle exchanges to roll into Newport, Covington, offering drug users sterile equipment," 27 June 2018 Our tele-ophthalmology mobile unit equipped with state-of-the art imaging devices, the nation’s first, travels to New York City’s underserved neighborhoods. Steven J. Corwin, Recode, "Let’s make telemedicine available to all," 25 June 2018 Illinois Bell set up a mobile unit with phones at Second and Lincoln and people were lined up to use them. Kimberly Fornek,, "Shout Out: Kevin Votava of Darien, retired Hinsdale Fire Department captain," 20 June 2018 The program will operate out of a mobile unit, hitting zip codes with the highest rates of drug use. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis council rejects Downtown tax; approves money for education, streets," 18 June 2018 The exchange also has a mobile unit that travels to the city's drug hot spots. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "‘We’re in a mess.’ Why Florida is struggling with an unusually severe HIV/AIDS problem," 13 June 2018 Know that the Crisis Response Network is available 24/7 and can immediately dispatch a mobile unit to help. Larry Villano, Lpc, Lisac, USA TODAY, "The teen suicide rate has more than doubled: Here's how you can help save your child," 8 June 2018 The Bel Air Independence Day Committee is seeking floats, marching units, performers, mobile units and more to join its annual parade on Wednesday, July 4. Staff Report, The Aegis, "Floats, bands, marching units sought for Bel Air Fourth of July Parade," 18 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Enquirer/Adam Baum Cincinnati Enquirer readers now can vote for their favorite spring athletes of the week on their desktop, the mobile web or App once a day. Melanie Laughman,, "Vote: Enquirer high school athlete of the week, June 4," 5 June 2018 Domino’s has invested in technology such as mobile ordering and in improving taste while often offering customers better value. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Papa John’s Founder Fumbles the Ball Again," 11 July 2018 Other Chicago-area chains like Jewel-Osco, Mariano’s, Aldi and Meijer already offer some form of mobile ordering, pickup or delivery. Greg Trotter,, "Walmart to launch grocery delivery next week in Chicago area," 17 May 2018 Office today has a whole bunch of versions—the traditional, fully featured Win32 desktop applications and their near counterparts on the Mac, along with various simpler versions for the Web, mobile, and Universal Windows Platform (UWP). Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft rebuilding the Office interface to align it across Web, mobile, and desktop," 13 June 2018 Next, the attention is turning to mobile, a larger market than the desktop. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Ryzen boosts AMD profits, as mobile chips promise further growth," 25 Apr. 2018 With the rise of mobile technologies, data analytics, and digital health tools, consumers are now in the driver’s seat of health care. Karen S. Lynch, STAT, "Everyone deserves a holistic, patient-centric health care system," 12 July 2018 Irlande Germain is project manager for Tellus LLC, a provider of mobile care delivery, Electronic Visit Verification (eVV) and claims processing technology designed for the Home Health and Long-Term Care Markets, in Deerfield Beach. Cindy Kent,, "Career Spotlight: Irlande Germain, career building, one project at a time," 22 June 2018 There are many ways in which mobile and computing technology is changing the face of medicine. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Final Obamacare Numbers, Blood Flow Smartphone App, Lilly's Diabetes Play," 4 Apr. 2018

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


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


see mobile entry 1

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, -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 \

Kids Definition of mobile (Entry 2 of 2)

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


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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