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mobile

adjective mo·bile \ ˈmō-bəl , -ˌbī-əl also -ˌbēl \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of mobile

1 : capable of moving or being moved : movable
  • a mobile missile launcher
  • a mobile laboratory
2 a : 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
4 a : 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 3
  • a mobile phone

mobility

play \mō-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of mobile in a Sentence

  1. Their armies are now fully mobile.

  2. a mobile kitchen that helps bring food to homeless people

Recent Examples of mobile from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of mobile

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


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mobile

noun mo·bile \ ˈmō-ˌbēl \

Definition of mobile

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

Examples of mobile in a Sentence

  1. They hung a mobile over the baby's bed.

  2. Even if I'm out of the office you can reach me on my mobile.

Recent Examples of mobile from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of mobile


-mobile

noun combining form

Definition of -mobile

1 : motorized vehicle
  • snowmobile
2 : automotive vehicle bringing services to the public
  • bloodmobile
  • bookmobile

Origin and Etymology of -mobile

automobile


Mobile

geographical name Mo·bile \ mō-ˈbēl , ˈmō-ˌbēl \

Definition of Mobile

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


MOBILE Defined for English Language Learners

mobile

adjective

Definition of mobile for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of mobile for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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mobile

adjective mo·bile \ ˈmō-bəl , -ˌbēl , -ˌbīl \

Definition of mobile for Students

1 : easily moved : movable
  • mobile television cameras
2 : changing quickly in expression
  • The man had a mobile, passionate face …
  • —Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain

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mobile

noun mo·bile \ ˈmō-ˌbēl \

Definition of mobile for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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

mobility

play \mō-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun plural -ties


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