mobile

adjective
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

mobile

noun
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

Mobile

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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Other Words from mobile

Adjective

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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The hardware is still some of the best tablet hardware in the business, at least compared to other mobile operating systems like Android. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Apple," 27 Dec. 2018 Now, The Wing is working to launch a mobile app that allows its members to get in touch outside of the physical space, whether that's for advice or networking. Glamour, "Three Female Entrepreneurs Share Some Real Talk on Starting Your Own Business," 11 Nov. 2018 Android is the world’s largest mobile operating system, powering more than 80 percent of the world’s smartphones. Adam Satariano, The Seattle Times, "Google to charge phone makers for Android apps in Europe," 16 Oct. 2018 The Russian Ministry of Defense recently announced that its Space Troops have received a mobile laser system which Vladimir Putin announced to the world on March 1 of this year. Jamie Seidel, Fox News, "Russia accused of testing a 'killer satellite' in orbit," 16 Aug. 2018 This additional step is part of a security measure that arrives with iOS 11.4.1, an otherwise relatively minor update made available on Monday to the mobile operating system at the core of your Apple device. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "New iOS 11.4.1 feature may protect your iPhone from getting hacked -- or cracked by cops," 9 July 2018 Read on for more about WWDC and the other Apple news that made headlines this week: Get Data Sheet, Fortune’s technology newsletter Apple kicked off WWDC 2018 with a discussion of improvements to iOS 12, the company’s mobile operating system. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple WWDC 2018 Was Full of Nice—But Not Groundbreaking—Improvements," 9 June 2018 Over the weekend, the Bangladeshi government restricted mobile Internet, forcing students to use Wi-Fi at home to spread information. Jennifer Chowdhury, Teen Vogue, "Student Protests Over Road Safety in Bangladesh Turned Violent," 8 Aug. 2018 Uzbekistan also blocked mobile internet and SMS services in 2016 during university entrance exams. Eli Meixler, Time, "Algeria Shuts Off Internet Access Nationwide to Combat Cheating on Exams," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 HomeCourt uses the support for machine learning added to Apple’s mobile operating system last year to analyze the video. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Apple's Plans to Bring Artificial Intelligence to Your Phone," 6 June 2018 Those time-management controls go further than what is offered by rival Apple on its iOS mobile operating system. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "At Google, ‘responsibility’ upstages new technology," 8 May 2018 One rival to watch is Verizon: While Verizon and Google have struck deals on the Android mobile operating system, Verizon’s AOL dropped Google, its longtime partner, in 2015 in favor of Microsoft’s Bing. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "Google again spending freely on wooing search users, cutting into profit," 26 Jan. 2018 On desktop or mobile, go to imgops.com and either put in a URL or upload a picture. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How to Do a Reverse Image Search," 20 Nov. 2018 Google last overhauled Gmail's web look in 2011, opting for a more spaced-out, cleaner look as part of an effort to unify the way its products appear on desktop and mobile. Hayley Tsukuyama, chicagotribune.com, "Google's Gmail is set to get a major update," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of mobile

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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

automobile

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mobile

adjective

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

mobile

noun

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

mobile

adjective
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

mobile

noun
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

mobile

adjective
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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