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 3)

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 3)

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 \ ˈmō-​ˌbīl How to pronounce mobile (audio) \ British : cell phone, mobile phone

Definition of -mobile (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Our company’s most ambitious new project is to revolutionize mobile-phone networks. Mickey Mikitani, WSJ, 17 May 2022 In a strange way, the Covid-19 pandemic has created a new breed of entrepreneur: one that has learned how to make a living digitally, who has a laptop and is equipped to work anywhere, and who leads a mobile lifestyle. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Before this, my Didu—or maternal grandmother—and my great-aunt would have to toast and grind the spices themselves, and these mobile spice shops offered convenience and the promise of time saved. Urmila Ramakrishnan, Bon Appétit, 17 May 2022 To improve access to timely detection, Hartford HealthCare and Yale New Haven Health bring mobile mammogram vans to underserved communities. Peggy Mccarthy, Hartford Courant, 17 May 2022 Around a decade ago, China’s Internet sector was flush with cash as starry-eyed overseas investors jostled to get a piece of China’s mobile boom. Pei Lin Wu, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 Additional locations for the mobile roller rink will be announced in the coming weeks. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 16 May 2022 Take-Two reached an agreement to acquire mobile gaming company Zynga in January 2022. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 May 2022 Some pumps don't tether you to an outlet but still have a wire connecting the pump to a mobile power source, like the Freemie. Jamie Spain, Good Housekeeping, 16 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All four episodes of the show will be released simultaneously May 5 at and on the streaming service’s mobile apps. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Apr. 2022 United customers should continue to use People’s United branches, websites, mobile apps, financial advisors and relationship managers until the two banks systems are combined. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 2 Apr. 2022 Bandcamp is working with Epic to expand internationally and to build on other fronts, including its album pages, mobile apps, merchandise tools, payment system, and search and discovery features, Diamond wrote in a blog post. Todd Spangler, Variety, 2 Mar. 2022 For those who require a different format, TNT and TBS subscribers can watch the SAG Awards live using the networks' websites, mobile apps, and connected device apps (Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire). Maureen Lee Lenker,, 25 Feb. 2022 According to data provided by the analytics company Similarweb, visits to Tumblr’s website and mobile apps declined more than 40 percent from October 2018 to October 2021, while the number of unique visitors dropped 17.5 percent. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 1 Feb. 2022 The company did not announce any plans to accept crypto for transactions that use Google Pay (often found on websites and mobile apps), but does leave that on the table in the future. Bill Hardekopf, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 Free and open to makers up to 18 years old, Coolest Projects Global invites folks of any skill level to flaunt their talent in one of six categories: Scratch, games, web, mobile apps, hardware, advanced programming. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 18 Jan. 2022 Used by enthusiasts to describe the next phase of the internet, Web3 is characterized by internet services and mobile apps rebuilt on decentralized blockchain technology. Dan Patterson, CBS News, 3 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Mobile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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mo·​bile | \ ˈmō-bəl How to pronounce mobile (audio) , -ˌbēl, -ˌbīl \

Kids Definition of mobile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : easily moved : movable
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 mobile (audio) \ noun, plural mobilities

Mobile geographical name

Mo·​bile | \ mō-ˈbēl How to pronounce Mobile (audio) , 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

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