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 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

mobile, portable

Antonyms: Adjective

immobile, immovable, irremovable, nonmobile, unmovable

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Examples of movable in a Sentence


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

English King Richard the Lionhearted and his French counterpart set their soldiers to work building three huge, movable siege towers with which to attack Acre's walls. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 2019 For the front movable jaw and its base, Wilton used ductile cast iron. Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Popular Mechanics Tool Awards," 14 June 2019 The interior can be easily customized for the day’s cook thanks to movable shelves and meat hanging hooks over a charcoal basket that can hold up to 8 pounds of fuel, enough for an all-day smoke-a-thon. Paul Stephen,, "8 cooking gadgets to get dad for Father’s Day," 5 June 2019 The seats will be movable, positioned far enough apart so driver and passenger don't need to trade cooties. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "The Lotus Type 130 Is a Lean, Mean Electric Hypercar Debuting on July 16," 31 May 2019 An Estonian design firm called Kodasema specializes in tiny minimalist and movable homes that come in four different designs: the Koda Concrete, Koda Light, Koda Light Extended, and now, Koda Light Float. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Tiny House Can Be Built in One Day—And it Floats on Water," 22 Mar. 2019 Modern thrust vectoring technology employs a movable thrust nozzle in place of the paddles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China's New Upgrade Makes Its Fighter Jets Wildly Maneuverable," 7 Nov. 2018 The set includes house banners, a movable spiral staircase, a potions room and more, as well as 10 minifigs from the beloved series. Rachel Siegel, The Seattle Times, "Hottest toys for Christmas (unicorn poop included)," 28 Nov. 2018 The living room is more open and flows directly into the kitchen and dining area, which is separated by a movable kitchen table that also functions as a place to prepare food. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Compact apartment fits everything you need in 450 square feet," 1 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Its comprehensive 170-page report provides a movable feast of numbers and details. Scott Burns, Dallas News, "Let's look at the real-world consequences of teacher pension fund fees," 7 July 2019 The Timberwolves enter free agency Sunday night armed with no cap space and few attractive movable assets. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "With NBA free agency starting Sunday, Timberwolves ‘up to something’," 28 June 2019 With a prosaic libretto by Richard Wesley and a production of limited means that relies on television and newspaper documentation flashed on movable screens, Davis has his own series of obstacles. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD professor Anthony Davis’ opera ‘The Central Park Five’ goes where Netflix doesn’t dare," 17 June 2019 The turf at Sullivan is movable, allowing it to co-exist with the arena's sheet of ice. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Sullivan Arena adds artificial turf, books flag football games," 13 Mar. 2018 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,, "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

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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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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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