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

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 There were no federal safety standards at the time, but engineer Joseph Strauss insisted on hard hats, safety lines and a movable net for his crew. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 Midcentury trademarks, however, can still be seen throughout the home, like walls of movable glass, oversized living spaces and a single-story layout. Spencer Elliott, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Set and costume designer Soutra Gilmour taps only a few chairs, a single mirror, and a movable stage, while keeping the cast in modern streetwear. Nick Romano,, 14 Apr. 2022 Together, their series of cocktail parties, private art tours and pop-up shopping events is a movable feast of summertime chic. Todd Plummer, Robb Report, 5 May 2022 Eid al-Fitr is known as a movable feast on the solar Gregorian calendar. Manal Aman, Woman's Day, 4 Apr. 2022 While the Badillac was a sort of comprehensive movable visual feast, with a trope toward kitchenware, the Stratus was more narrowly defined with a spaceship theme. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, 30 Mar. 2022 China may have been first to use movable-type printing 1,000 years ago, but its typesetters were left far behind by the invention of the linotype machine in the 1880s. Hugo Restall, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2022 From the late 17th century, a sort was an individual letter, a piece of movable type. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Feb. 2022 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,, 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, 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,, 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, 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, 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, 14 Mar. 2020 The shelves are movable, opening and closing with a giant crank. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 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, 8 Jan. 2020 See More

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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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“Movable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for movable


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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