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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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


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

The 360fly is the world’s widest single-lens camera, which delivers crisp, VR-compatible footage and turns your phone into the camera’s viewfinder through a simple mobile app. Popular Mechanics, "Capture 360-Degree Video With This VR Camera," 22 Oct. 2018 Mullvad accepts cash, cryptocurrencies, credit cards, bank wires, Swish (a Swedish mobile payment service), and PayPal. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Mullvad 2018 review: A fantastic VPN has a great new look," 17 Oct. 2018 By the end of the day, mobile internet service across Addis Ababa was blocked as citizens and Amnesty International pointed out hate speech against non-Oromo groups on social media. Elias Meseret, Fox News, "Ethiopia's stunning reforms now challenged by deadly unrest," 19 Sep. 2018 Since launching its delivery service in the United States earlier this summer, the fast-food giant has been doing the most to promote its mobile app. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "How to Get Free Fries at McDonald's Every Friday," 21 July 2018 Two popular mobile services are moving closer together. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Uber and Uber Eats to Accept Venmo for Payments," 12 July 2018 The feature will appear right next to Apple Pay, Apple Inc.’s competing mobile payment service., "Two friends who worked at different pharmaceutical companies convicted of insider trading," 12 July 2018 Their view of the mobile services world includes traditional cable companies Comcast and Charter. Tom Hudson, miamiherald, "‘Game of Phones’: Selling a cellular merger," 22 June 2018 The approval process for the mobile service is currently in a public comment period that ends June 25. Ben Brazil,, "Orange County rejects needle-exchange program, citing 'major health risks'," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Last October, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 mobile was effectively dead, and began making versions of its best Windows 10 apps for iOS and Android. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Microsoft may be making a Movies & TV app for iOS and Android," 5 July 2018 Being mobile, meanwhile, is a state of being for Moore, creatively and otherwise. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Riley Moore Shares Tales From 9 Years of Roaming on 'Vagrant': Album Premiere," 29 June 2018 In recent years, the cable channel has slipped in popularity as consumers turn to the internet and mobile apps for weather information. Anita Bennett, Fortune, "Funny You Should Ask – Byron Allen Is Ready to Conquer the Movie Business," 25 June 2018 Combs argued that his fun-mobile is also a very practical purchase. Nancy Kruh,, "Luke Combs Crosses Off Two Bucket-List Items – and They're Both Classics," 12 Feb. 2018 Notably, the game will be $7.99 and include no additional in-app purchases, and those who played the game on PC will even be able to transfer their progress to mobile. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Peaceful farming sim Stardew Valley is coming to the iPhone," 9 Oct. 2018 In the adorable video, Lively can be seen filming the show on her mobile, while husband Reynolds looks on. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Had the Sweetest Reaction to Hearing Their Daughter’s Voice at Taylor Swift's Concert," 29 July 2018 Here's the new full trailer: That's Ewan McGregor as Robin, now an adult, who has long forgotten his exploits in the Hundred Acre Wood along with his mobile, talking stuffed animal friends (Enchanted? Tom Philip, GQ, "Winnie the Pooh Gets a Glorious Reboot in the Christopher Robin Trailer," 25 May 2018

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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


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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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