mov·​able | \ ˈmü-və-bəl How to pronounce movable (audio) \
variants: or moveable

Definition of movable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : capable of being moved
2 : changing date from year to year movable holidays


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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movability \ ˌmü-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce movability (audio) \ noun
movableness \ ˈmü-​və-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce movableness (audio) \ noun
movably \ ˈmü-​və-​blē How to pronounce movably (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for movable

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Pegboard allows you to customize storage spaces (even backs of doors) with easily movable hooks and shelves. Lacey Howard, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Custom She Shed Is a Tiny Getaway Filled with Cozy Cottage Details," 13 May 2020 For seven days, my car became a movable quarantine on a trip that stretched over 2,300 miles and through nine states. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 4 May 2020 Flexible components like movable walls can help buildings adapt to needs. Sam Lubell, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Past pandemics changed the design of cities. Six ways COVID-19 could do the same," 22 Apr. 2020 On Saturday, market staff members twice used movable barriers to close the entrance to the Union Square market, which in the high season can attract tens of thousands of shoppers. New York Times, "Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: Latest Updates," 2 Apr. 2020 Ruling a populous territory of around 50 million inhabitants, the Southern Song had developed an innovative culture that carried out the first experiments in movable type long before printing techniques reached Europe. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 2 Apr. 2020 The mall recently commissioned local artists Sunny Sliger and Marianne Newsom, who call their movable art collaborations the Color Condition, to create three separate art installations. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Retail Therapy: Galleria Dallas may get the last laugh," 12 Mar. 2020 Elements that would become trademarks are evident: rippling, buckling motion; the movable interrogation-type lighting; a clever, chain-reaction structure with dark implications. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Review: Ballet Vlaanderen Is a Company in Search of Itself," 4 Mar. 2020 Perschbach said the 2,500-seat e-sports arena would feature movable seats and could be turned into a conference center to bring companies together to exchange technology ideas. Randy Diamond,, "Innovation Center operator selected by Port San Antonio," 29 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two weeks later, the Post published photos of escalators being installed and the cleanup of the area to which the movable seats would located in the baseball configuration. Mark Schmetzer,, "Rockin' the Riverfront: It was a bumpy road en route to Riverfront Stadium construction," 16 May 2020 Pairing him with Budda Baker gives Arizona two dynamic movable chess pieces, which will help a defense that has struggled mightily on third down. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals receive rave reviews for 2020 NFL draft selections," 27 Apr. 2020 In 2015, the draft became a movable feast, taking over a different city every year, because that’s what out-of-control monsters do. Scott Ostler,, "NFL draft or ‘Wayne’s World’? Basement broadcast reminds of simpler times," 22 Apr. 2020 Baun would also be an outstanding movable JACK linebacker if the team opts to run any three-man fronts. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Cowboys reload on defense in 7-round mock draft, including the second-best pass rusher in the 2020 class," 25 Mar. 2020 In 1941, the Ford Motor Company's engineers innovated a movable, affordable infant incubator that aimed to reduce infant deaths in hospitals. A. J. Baime, Car and Driver, "Will the American Auto Industry Save Us All (Again)?," 31 Mar. 2020 The transportation agency is considering carving out temporary bike lanes and taking away traffic lanes from cars by using orange cones or movable barriers. Winnie Hu, New York Times, "A Surge in Biking to Avoid Crowded Trains in N.Y.C.," 14 Mar. 2020 The shelves are movable, opening and closing with a giant crank. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, "DJ Shadow’s Sonic Archeology," 6 Jan. 2020 At the end of the day, the people who are movable from Trump to the Democratic Party are for some reason also moved by Bernie and Biden. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Second-choice Sanders goes on offensive to win voters from Biden," 8 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of movable


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of movable

: able to be moved
: happening on a different date each year


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.


variants: or moveable \ ˈmü-​və-​bəl How to pronounce moveable (audio) \

Legal Definition of movable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: capable of being moved


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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