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

The key to making the program work was modification of an existing mobile application that some Meals on Wheels programs use to track deliveries. Howard Lipin/san Diego Union-tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Meals on Wheels expands innovative health program that started in San Diego," 6 June 2019 Pay station parking is $7 per day, with a $1 convenience fee for those who use a mobile pay app. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Gary beaches open: New rules say children must be within arm's reach of an adult," 6 June 2019 The mobile industry has a direct stake in the airwaves at issue. Todd Shields,, "5G wireless signals could reduce accuracy of hurricane forecasting, scientists warn," 6 June 2019 Tacos y Mariscos Pulpo Loco, mobile food unit, Phoenix. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Food stored at improper temperature at 5 restaurants on this week’s restaurant inspections," 5 June 2019 Given its success in countries including Egypt, Nigeria, and Kenya, the team decided to invest in mobile content and data services that would be integrated into its phones. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, "How China's Boomplay beat Spotify and Apple to corner Africa's streaming market," 5 June 2019 Overall, Lightroom and Snapseed will still be my go-to apps for mobile editing. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Apple's new Photos app for iOS 13 may just be the tool you've been waiting for," 4 June 2019 On Tuesday, MTV Studios announced a deal with Quibi, a mobile-first media technology platform, to reinvent two of its iconic franchises: Punk’d and Singled Out. Aurelie Corinthios,, "MTV Is Rebooting Punk'd and Singled Out," 4 June 2019 In addition, Lifeshare will have a mobile truck onsite and will have a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit Carol Kovach,, "Fairview Fleafest to set up shop on June 8: A Place in the Sun," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

OpenClipart-Vectors / xppulka0 / Google (CC0) Get this: Chromebooks also support Android apps, as Google’s mobile operating system is also built on Linux. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "How Windows and Chrome quietly made 2019 the year of Linux on the desktop," 10 May 2019 Last year, researchers found what at the time was quite possibly the world's most sophisticated espionage app ever written for the Android mobile operating system. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Found: New Android malware with never-before-seen spying capabilities," 16 Jan. 2018 VideoAmp, which helps advertisers target and measure the impact of their ads across platforms such as TV and mobile, also named former Tribune Media Chief Executive Officer Peter Liguori a senior adviser and member of the board of directors. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Raine Group Leads $70 Million Investment in Ad-Tech Firm VideoAmp," 1 May 2019 The partners will launch mobile apps powered by Alibaba technology as well as online stores within Alibaba’s luxury marketplace, Tmall Luxury Pavillion. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Alibaba-Net-a-Porter Is New Front in China’s Luxury War," 26 Oct. 2018 The same is true of the NBC mobile app which is compatible with Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Xbox, and Samsung TV, among other devices. Vogue, "How to Watch the 2018 Emmys Online," 14 Sep. 2018 On one hand, this is more than the $50 plan AT&T currently offers for an LTE mobile hotspot, but the $50 plan is only for 10GB. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "AT&T 5G goes live this week with ridiculously overpowered hotspot," 20 Dec. 2018 And the places where Apple is innovating on the Mac are sometimes based on Apple’s mobile operating systems — like the lukewarmly received Touch Bar, which was built off of a version of watchOS. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "The MacBook Air needs Face ID and a delightful notch," 6 Nov. 2018 Finn, which debuted in St. Louis back in October, is now available to users of iOS, Apple's mobile operating system. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Chase all-mobile bank, Finn, rolled out nationwide in search of Millennials," 28 June 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

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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