movable

adjective
mov·​able | \ˈmü-və-bəl \
variants: or moveable

Definition of movable 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : capable of being moved

2 : changing date from year to year movable holidays

movable

noun
variants: or moveable

Definition of movable (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (such as an article of furniture) that can be removed or displaced

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Other Words from movable

Adjective

movability \ˌmü-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
movableness \ˈmü-​və-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
movably \-​blē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for movable

Synonyms: Adjective

mobile, portable

Antonyms: Adjective

immobile, immovable, irremovable, nonmobile, unmovable

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Examples of movable in a Sentence

Adjective

Thanksgiving is a movable holiday. any furniture that is not movable will be covered with protective cloths by the painters

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Compass Kitchen Island from West Elm and Stenstorp kitchen island from Ikea are particularly small-space friendly, as are movable stainless tables on wheels. Jennifer Baum Lagdameo, Curbed, "So you want a kitchen island?," 30 July 2018 Most of the material will be on movable carts that can be placed behind security gates that will come down from the ceiling when the library is closed. Sue Kiesewetter, Cincinnati.com, "New library branch to open at Liberty's Foundry Hall," 7 June 2018 Until recently, wanderers on the white nights could end up trapped on the wrong island when the city's movable bridges lift to allow ships through at night. James Ellingworth And Angela Charlton, Fox News, "St. Petersburg's white nights light up fans' World Cup," 22 June 2018 These spots are movable assets that can be traded and acquired. Scott Winfield, Cincinnati.com, "ICYMI: Cincinnati Reds lock up their future, FC Cincinnati has a list of to-dos before MLS," 6 July 2018 The most movable piece, Headley, is hitting .218 with four homers and 21 RBIs, so the phone isn’t ringing. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Padres: An 'R.B.I. Baseball' simulation," 28 Mar. 2018 Jarod Kohrt, 39, was charged July 11 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with burglary of a room within a building, theft of movable property and disorderly conduct. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Genesee Lake School employee caught in sex act in female colleague's classroom, complaint says," 13 July 2018 Architect Smith and others say there are ways, using retractable bollards and other movable barriers, to temporarily or periodically close Alamo Street to traffic, for parades for example, but not block it off permanently. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Officials try to avoid battle over Alamo plan," 8 July 2018 Most of the condos are two bedrooms with a den, but most of the walls in each unit were designed to be movable, creating more options. Michelle Beaver, azcentral, "Couple embraces Main Street living in custom downtown Scottsdale condo," 5 July 2018

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The set also features adjustable and motorized turbine blades and a movable nacelle with aircraft warning lights. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Put Renewable Energy On Your Desk With a Lego Wind Turbine," 26 Sep. 2018 But this time, that shelter has infinite sizing options via its movable shell; and this time, that toolkit is for artists. Natalina Lopez, Town & Country, "Michael Bloomberg Gave 75 Million Dollars to the Shed Arts Center," 25 May 2017 Flacco isn't slated to be a free agent until 2022, but his contract becomes more movable in a year. Tim Bielik, cleveland.com, "NFL Draft 2018: Who are the best available players on composite big board after Day 1?," 27 Apr. 2018 But shrink the bowling ball to, say, a single neutron on tiny movable platform, and quantum mechanics changes the picture dramatically. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Quantum measurements could power a tiny, hyper-efficient engine," 10 July 2018 Inside each of these tubes, the mirrors sit on movable carts. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Building the world’s highest-resolution telescope," 9 July 2018 But Austin as a movable gadget piece added a lot of dimension and deception to L.A.’s approach, in both the run and pass game. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "The NFL’s Most Dynamic Team? 10 Thoughts on the 2018 Rams," 18 June 2018 The table would function as flexible space for public events, but could also be subdivided by movable screens and furniture. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Public Library unveils 3 competing proposals for new MLK Library in University Circle (photos)," 10 May 2018 This version has a $10,000 Instagram table with movable lights and adjustable color temperature settings, so charge up your smartphone before arriving. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Chops opens in Downtown Crossing — with a $10,000 Instagram table," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of movable

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of movable was in the 14th century

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movable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of movable

: able to be moved

: happening on a different date each year

movable

adjective
mov·​able
variants: or moveable \ˈmü-​və-​bəl \

Kids Definition of movable

1 : possible to move movable desks

2 : changing date from year to year Thanksgiving is a movable holiday.

movable

adjective
mov·​able
variants: or moveable \ˈmü-​və-​bəl \

Legal Definition of movable 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: capable of being moved

movable

noun
variants: or moveable

Legal Definition of movable (Entry 2 of 2)

: an item of movable property also : a right or interest (as a chattel mortgage) in an item of movable property bonds and annuities are incorporeal movables often used in pl. — compare immovable

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