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

Bringing trash bins and mobile bathrooms to areas in need. Emily Alpert Reyes,, "L.A. could overhaul how homeless encampments are cleaned," 19 June 2019 Many of them are actually mobile apiaries, moving around the continent throughout the growing season, depending on what is blooming when and where. Scott Dance,, "Honey bee losses highest in 13 years this winter, University of Maryland-led survey finds," 19 June 2019 The new website is also faster and easier to navigate, especially on a mobile device. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Lake Michigan rising to June record, accused U. of I. killer’s online life detailed in court and other things to know to start your day," 18 June 2019 In addition to the stationary desks, there are mobile kiosks scattered inside the clubhouse and throughout the park. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "What It's Really Like to Attend Royal Ascot," 18 June 2019 At the beginning of the month, MTV Studios announced a deal with Quibi, a mobile-first media technology platform, to reinvent two of its famed franchises: Punk’d and Singled Out. Morgan M. Evans,, "Ashton Kutcher ‏Says He Has 'Nothing to Do' with MTV's Punk'd Reboot," 18 June 2019 Weisman came up with an idea for a mobile application that would allow people to send gift cards to friends and family. Austen Erblat,, "Mobile app to ‘make the gifting experience more meaningful’," 17 June 2019 If not — the popular mobile fresh fruit delivery makes its annual trips from Ft. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "It's finally here! Where you can find The Peach Truck in Louisville," 17 June 2019 Film your friends throughout your explorations, and use mobile-editing technology to produce short action and adventure films. National Geographic, "New Zealand High School Expedition," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

By 2023, India will have 1.3 billion (mobile + desktop) internet users out of which there will be 776 million shoppers. Ankit Ruparel, Quartz India, "Are you cut out for an early-stage VC firm in India? Here’s a checklist," 19 June 2019 Hasbro, the toy company, is considering shifting production to the United States, but GoPro, the maker of mobile cameras, is looking at Mexico. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Globalization Is Moving Past the U.S. and Its Vision of World Order," 19 June 2019 When a mobile lab sponsored by the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies parked its 16-ton van of equipment at Lone Mountain for a week in 1966, Mother Mary Janet Kubitschek — who had a doctorate in chemistry — was elated, and perhaps tempted. Bill Van Niekerken,, "Atop Lone Mountain, the history of SF’s first women’s college lives on," 19 June 2019 The central appeal of Facebook’s push is that mobile access to the Internet has in fact outstripped physical access to banks, which positions Facebook to offer financial services to unbanked people in the developing world. Theodore Schleifer, Vox, "Facebook may have too many users for its cryptocurrency to fail — even if you don’t trust it," 18 June 2019 The new show, which is set to premiere on Quibi (an entertainment platform built for mobile viewing launching in April 2020), is totally on-brand for the two-time Sports Illustrated cover girl. Hanna Flanagan,, "Tyra Banks Launches Body Positive Mini-Series, Says It Will 'Expand and Redefine the Definition of Beauty'," 17 June 2019 And this year, mobile is expected to pass television as the main entertainment medium, per an NRG study. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "On Snapchat, Original Series Are Finding Return Viewers," 15 June 2019 Apple’s mobile deals with Comcast and Charter include requirements to sell large quantities of iPads, CNBC reported this week, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the deals. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple's Week Was All About China Fears—And Donald Trump," 15 June 2019 The island has been working with the Irish mobile operator company, Three Ireland, to become the first Irish island to have an offshore internet hub. Currie Engel, Time, "This Remote Irish Island Is Hoping To Lure New Residents," 14 June 2019

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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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