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 1 billion viewers expected this year is a big increase on 2015 when 750 million watched the action on TV and 86 million tuned in online or their mobile devices. NBC News, "Women's soccer enters new era with huge World Cup audiences," 2 July 2019 But a wave of robots is lining up to take the place of defunct robots, including BUDDY (Blue Frog Robotics), a big-eyed mobile device that plays games in addition to acting as a personal assistant and providing home automation and security. Scientific American, "Social Robots Play Nicely with Others," 1 July 2019 Tickets will be delivered to the buyer’s mobile device on the day of the game. Laura Daily And Bryan K. Chavez, The Know, "16 free and cheap things to do around Denver in July," 1 July 2019 Insurance provider Assurant covers customers in the housing and lifestyle markets, offering services ranging from mobile device and debt protection to homeowner, rental, vehicle and travel insurance. Fortune, "Assurant," 1 July 2019 Both chambers have passed legislation this year banning the use of mobile devices while driving. Victoria Mcgrane,, "Once again, Mass. is one of the last states not to have a budget," 1 July 2019 All subscriptions include all smartphone and tablet apps and access to on your desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. Detroit Free Press, "There's so much to explore as a subscriber of the Detroit Free Press family!," 26 June 2019 For Jennifer Waisath Harris, a political strategist in Austin, Texas, there was no hesitation this May when a call from nearby Ascension Seton Medical Center came across her mobile device. Tony Romm, The Denver Post, "Robocalls are overwhelming hospitals and patients, threatening a new kind of health crisis," 23 June 2019 Throughout the day and through the celebration, this person said, Guard officials nervously checked their mobile devices for news from Washington and signs that a military attack might be coming. Farnaz Fassihi, New York Times, "Iranian Force Exults in Downing of U.S. Drone With a Feast and a Prayer," 22 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To ditch the personalized ads, which tend to follow you around the Web and on mobile, Amazon offers that feature here by going to the ad prefs section of Amazon's Help pages. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Amazon is watching, listening and tracking you. Here's how to stop it," 26 June 2019 In 2018, 28% of all the time Americans spent watching footage daily was on mobile, according to Meeker’s report. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "Nearly every American is on their phone or tablet while watching TV," 12 June 2019 PornHub, a large website, says 90% of its traffic from India is on mobile, compared with 75% from America. The Economist, "How the world’s poor are discovering leisure online," 8 June 2019 In the middle, Frank Meyer, trying, like the spars of a Calder mobile, to hold the whole thing together. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "Moving Portrait," 4 June 2019 By 2023, India will have 1.3 billion (mobile + desktop) internet users out of which there will be 776 million shoppers. Ankit Ruparel, Quartz India, "Are you cut out for an early-stage VC firm in India? Here’s a checklist," 19 June 2019 Hasbro, the toy company, is considering shifting production to the United States, but GoPro, the maker of mobile cameras, is looking at Mexico. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Globalization Is Moving Past the U.S. and Its Vision of World Order," 19 June 2019 When a mobile lab sponsored by the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies parked its 16-ton van of equipment at Lone Mountain for a week in 1966, Mother Mary Janet Kubitschek — who had a doctorate in chemistry — was elated, and perhaps tempted. Bill Van Niekerken,, "Atop Lone Mountain, the history of SF’s first women’s college lives on," 19 June 2019 The central appeal of Facebook’s push is that mobile access to the Internet has in fact outstripped physical access to banks, which positions Facebook to offer financial services to unbanked people in the developing world. Theodore Schleifer, Vox, "Facebook may have too many users for its cryptocurrency to fail — even if you don’t trust it," 18 June 2019

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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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