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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Other Words from movable


movability \ ˌmü-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce movable (audio) \ noun
movableness \ ˈmü-​və-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce movable (audio) \ noun
movably \ ˈmü-​və-​blē How to pronounce movable (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 The bottom line is Miami now has a ton of movable pieces, and flexibility on what has been an inconsistent unit since 2016 heading into this year’s offseason program. Omar Kelly,, "Dolphins continue building up O-line by selecting Notre Dame standout on NFL draft’s second day," 30 Apr. 2021 Before the dawn of movable type in Europe, readers relied on manuscripts, painstakingly copied by hand with goosequills on parchment made from animal skins. Ernest Hilbert, WSJ, "‘The Bookseller of Florence’ Review: Manuscripts and Medicis," 23 Apr. 2021 Each column is a List, and it is comprised of your movable Cards, each representing a unique task to complete. Tim Maurer, Forbes, "Financial Advisors: Decrease Distraction With A Personal Kanban System," 18 Apr. 2021 There's also a Staria Premium limousine that has a high roof with starlights (think Rolls-Royce), a 25-inch overhead monitor, and a movable folding island. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Hyundai Reveals More Specs on the Spacey New Staria Van," 13 Apr. 2021 International roster spots are also movable assets that can be acquired and sent elsewhere. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "FC Cincinnati acquires int'l roster spot in trade with Portland Timbers," 16 Apr. 2021 The earnest and unsurprising screenplay surrounds these two with friends and ex-lovers, a movable feast of attractive, shallow expatriates and young Athenians., "In ‘Monday,’ Greece is the word," 14 Apr. 2021 This is particularly helpful for fixtures that are movable and can be used to specifically shine angled light. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Light Socket Extender," 2 Apr. 2021 Fences are supposed to make good neighbors, but the security fence around the Capitol — and its possible replacement with movable barriers — have brought House Speaker Nancy Pelosi nothing but grief. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Republicans, Democrats united in distaste for Capitol fence, despite extremist threats," 4 Mar. 2021 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 14 May. 2021.

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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 movable (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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