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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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Lottery customers will now be able to claim winning tickets ranging in value from $600 to $5,000 through the mobile app., "Mass. Lottery cashes first remote ticket," 5 May 2021 Mendenhall plans to add more air quality monitors and a public-facing mobile app to the tune of $85,000, and $200,000 would go to the city’s renewable energy and climate equity plan. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Salt Lake City’s proposed budget includes support for policing, affordable housing and a new park. Here are the highlights.," 4 May 2021 Installation is peel-and-stick easy and setup of the system through the mobile app is straightforward. Dan Diclerico, Good Housekeeping, "Best Smart Home Devices of 2021," 3 May 2021 Hatcher and Neely didn't know the mobile vaccine clinic was stopping along with the Salvation Army's Bed & Bread truck Wednesday, but Hatcher was glad for it. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Salvation Army van brings food and vaccines to the streets of Detroit," 1 May 2021 Viewers can stream the draft on the ESPN app, NFL mobile app and find it on streaming services like Sling TV and YouTubeTV. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When will the Packers pick on the third and final day of the NFL draft?," 1 May 2021 Festivalgoers are required to use CLEAR’s Health pass mobile app to complete COVID-19 screening requirements before entering, organizers said in a statement. Tracy Swartz,, "Windy City Smokeout to return to Chicago in July with new COVID-19 requirements for attendees," 29 Apr. 2021 The cost for the test includes a proctor to help walk the patient through the test and a mobile app that can display the outcome, an eMed spokesman says. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "At-Home Covid-19 Tests Might Cost Too Much for Regular Use," 28 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, buyers and sellers can tap into the virtual auction experience and join the action by downloading the mobile app and registering. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Collectors Xchange Is a New Online-Auction Site Driven by Transparency," 28 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Webbys, which were founded in 1996, honor excellence on the Internet, including websites, video, advertising, media and public relations, apps, mobile and voice, social, podcasts and games. Gab Ginsberg, Billboard, "The 13 Best Things That Happened in Music This Week (April 23)," 23 Apr. 2021 Also, the team will be using BlazeBite mobile app for contactless ordering of food and drinks from seats. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Lake County Captains single-game tickets go on sale next week for May, June games," 23 Apr. 2021 These tools provide the lion’s share of revenue for Facebook and other consumer-Internet businesses that advertise to Apple’s mobile and browser customers. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Apple’s New Privacy Policy Shaking Up Ad Industry," 22 Apr. 2021 Seminole officials dispatched its mobile clinic this week with not every appointment booked — the first time that’s happened since vaccine distribution began, Harris said. Kate Santich,, "In Central Florida, vaccine demand is waning. Is hesitancy to blame?," 22 Apr. 2021 The Chinese smartphone vendor may have eavesdropped on a Dutch mobile network’s calls more than a decade ago. Chris Smith, BGR, "Huawei may have eavesdropped on Dutch mobile network’s calls," 20 Apr. 2021 That could be a problem for Hollywood, which is already seeing heavy competition from video games (including mobile and console play) and social media apps like TikTok and Snapchat. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "What entertainment does Gen Z prefer? The answer isn’t good for Hollywood," 18 Apr. 2021 Everything about the piece — from the character itself to the graphic shapes and colors of the Calder-like mobile and the preschool play-set base — signifies whimsy. New York Times, "On the Met’s Roof, a Wistful Fantasy We’ve Been Waiting For," 15 Apr. 2021 At least 30 additional gambling licenses will be available for companies applying to run stand-alone businesses, according to a deal that was awaiting final approval, and as many as 60 different mobile betting sites will be available. Washington Post, "Maryland legislative session drawing to a close after focus on inequity," 12 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of mobile was in the 15th century

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8 May 2021

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“Mobile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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 mobile (audio) \ noun, plural mobilities

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