movable

adjective
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

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 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 Across the entry hall, the kitchen is distinguished from a sitting area by a long wood table with drawers and shelves tucked underneath that serves as a movable center island. New York Times, "House Hunting in Panama: Tucked Into the Mountains for $580,000," 4 Nov. 2020 The program has always been free, Abad Ocubillo says, and the city plans to announce a grant program in November to help some business owners pay for movable furniture. Ryan Kost, SFChronicle.com, "As San Francisco business moves outside, some neighborhoods are left behind," 2 Nov. 2020 Envelopes of photographs – the newspaper’s visual history of the past century – occupied movable shelves in the back. John Pope, NOLA.com, "Nancy Burris, former Times-Picayune librarian, dead at 71," 7 Oct. 2020 The mural will be painted on wooden panels similar to the ones she is used to working with in New York, so the finished piece will be movable. Imani Mixon, Detroit Free Press, "Inspired by COVID-19 lockdown, 2 ex-Detroiters take their art to the streets of SoHo," 18 Oct. 2020 Mylo Celsy, the owner of Corners Historic Restoration, said her crew typically removes the sash — the movable sections of a window — and takes them to the company’s shop. Washington Post, "When old windows need new glazing around the panes," 5 Oct. 2020 Under Caldwell, the Lions used movable goal posts on wheels. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' Matt Patricia offers puzzling explanation for 'a lot of work to do' comment," 5 Oct. 2020 Catholic voters motivated by faith are considered movable because the church’s teachings on a range of social and economic issues do not neatly align solely with the Republican or Democratic parties. Katie Glueck, New York Times, "Trump and Biden Court Catholic Vote, in Very Different Ways," 25 Sep. 2020 As Election Day draws closer and the pool of movable voters dries up, the job of persuading them gets even harder. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "The Facebook Defectors Turning Trump’s Strategy Against Him," 15 Sep. 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, Cincinnati.com, "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, SFChronicle.com, "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

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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Cite this Entry

“Movable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/movable. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for movable

movable

adjective
How to pronounce movable (audio)

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 How to pronounce moveable (audio) \

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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