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 Technology onboard including a wristband for contactless payment and using the mobile app for ordering food and drinks to reduce contact between employees and guests. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Virgin Voyages Announces Sanitation Protocols Ahead of Delayed Launch," 18 June 2020 The new elevator cars let passengers select floors via a tap on their mobile app or a kick button. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "Covid-19 is a problem for elevators. Is the paternoster lift the solution?," 18 June 2020 The game, which can be downloaded as an app onto a mobile device, was authorized for marketing after the FDA reviewed five clinical studies that included more than 600 children. Naomi Thomas And Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Children with ADHD can now be prescribed a video game, FDA says," 16 June 2020 European Union regulators opened two investigations on Tuesday into Apple’s mobile app store and payment platform over concerns its practices distort competition, opening a new front in the EU’s battle against the dominance of big-tech companies., "Greentown Labs plans first out-of-state expansion," 16 June 2020 The Ohio Lottery has taken steps to bring in more money, including increasing its loyalty program to 1.5 million people and allowing people to cash out their winnings via a mobile app, Frizzi-Babb said. Jessie Balmert,, "Ohio's schools face massive cuts. One local lawmaker says the lottery could help raise money.," 16 June 2020 The Ohio Lottery has taken recent steps to increase sales, like strategic marketing initiatives, expanding its loyalty program and letting people cash out winnings with their mobile device, lottery spokesperson Danielle Frizzi-Babb said in an email. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Lawmaker thinks Ohio could raise more education funding through state lottery," 15 June 2020 Members experienced intermittent errors while attempting to access features on the website and mobile app, but were still able to communicate with representatives by phone, a spokesman said. Mallory Moench,, "Kaiser Permanente computer system down for five hours during coronavirus pandemic," 15 June 2020 The product accounts for about 40% of Japan’s mobile device management market, according to the company. Yoojung Lee,, "Founder Who Turned Down SoftBank Set to Become Billionaire," 14 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the mobile and web app, now available to job candidates for free at the App Store and Google Play and at the company website, has several features specifically tailored to people seeking employment right now. William Thornton |, al, "Birmingham firm launching new job search app," 19 June 2020 Online stream: Live on — in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device Ahead of Mr. Trump's visit, Mayor G.T. Bynum declared a civil emergency, establishing a 10 p.m. curfew. CBS News, "Watch live: Tulsa Juneteenth rally," 19 June 2020 Dining halls will move to contact-less service, electronic payments and mobile ordering. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee make it official: Campuses will reopen for fall, but with limitations," 17 June 2020 Tap the three dots beside a post then Edit audience (web) or Edit privacy (mobile) to configure this. David Nield, Wired, "How to Clean Up Your Old Social Media Posts," 14 June 2020 Nokia has struggled to keep up with competitors Ericsson AB and Huawei Technologies Co. in the tight race to supply operators around the world with fifth generation mobile technology. Kati Pohjanpalo,, "Nokia Continues C-Suite Overhaul With 5G Fortunes at Stake," 11 June 2020 Bolder headlines provide a better experience on mobile. The Courier-Journal, "The Courier Journal's website has a new look. See what's changed," 11 June 2020 Neena Mishra, director of ETF research at Zacks Investment Research, says all forms of gaming—from consoles to streaming to mobile—have benefited at a time that sporting events and other forms of entertainment have been canceled or postponed. ... Gerrard Cowan, WSJ, "Videogame ETFs Cashed In on Lockdowns, but Can They Keep Going?," 8 June 2020 On the business side of her life, things are flourishing for Stylish Pooch mobile dog grooming. Martha Sorren,, "Rahanna’s Business Is Genuinely Booming After Queer Eye," 7 June 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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24 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mobile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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 mobility (audio) \ noun, plural mobilities

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