- capable of moving or being moved readily.
- Digital Technology. pertaining to or noting a cell phone, usually one with computing ability, or a portable, wireless computing device used while held in the hand, as in mobile tablet; mobile PDA; mobile app.
- utilizing motor vehicles for ready movement: a mobile library.
- Military. permanently equipped with vehicles for transport.
- flowing freely, as a liquid.
- changeable or changing easily in expression, mood, purpose, etc.: a mobile face.
- quickly responding to impulses, emotions, etc., as the mind.
- characterized by or permitting the mixing of social groups.
- characterized by or permitting relatively free movement from one social class or level to another.
- of or relating to a mobile.
- a piece of sculpture having delicately balanced units constructed of rods and sheets of metal or other material suspended in midair by wire or twine so that the individual parts can move independently, as when stirred by a breeze.Compare stabile(def 3).
- mobile phone.
- Informal. a mobile home.
- Citizens Band Radio Slang. a vehicle.
Origin of mobile
- a seaport in SW Alabama at the mouth of the Mobile River.
- a river in SW Alabama, formed by the confluence of the Alabama and Tombigbee rivers. 38 miles (61 km) long.
- a combining form extracted from automobile, occurring as the final element in compounds denoting specialized types of motorized conveyances: snowmobile; especially productive in coinages naming vehicles equipped to procure or deliver objects, provide services, etc., to people without regular access to these: bloodmobile; bookmobile; clubmobile; jazzmobile.
- (in Ptolemaic astronomy) the outermost of the 10 concentric spheres of the universe, making a complete revolution every 24 hours and causing all the others to do likewise.
- prime mover.
Origin of primum mobile
Examples from the Web for mobile
“I sense that mobile games are starting to shed their skin, getting rid of all the dead things they carry around,” he says.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
The caller mentioned my work, which focused primarily on consumer products, mobile apps, emerging start-ups, and web trends.A Female Writer’s New Milestone: Her First Death Threat
December 1, 2014
Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Brown seems to believe that this is simply another example of a systemic overhaul.Deepwater Horizon: Life Drowning in Oil
November 2, 2014
“A few months ago we delivered a mobile clinic for a USAID-funded NGO,” says one, who declined to be named.U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS
October 20, 2014
Our… mail carts and mobile trash barrels would have suited them fine.Frat Culture Clashes With Riot Police at Keene, N.H., Pumpkin Festival
October 19, 2014
Mobile was a city that was generally quite disdained by impresarii.
The money was handed over to the engine-driver, who sent it off to Mobile.
He had thin, mobile lips, which expressed friendship and curiosity at this moment.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
You can't call out an officer; you'll be sent to the water-batteries at Mobile.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
On the coast to the west of Mobile, we find islands not worth mentioning.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
- having freedom of movement; movable
- changing quickly in expressiona mobile face
- sociol (of individuals or social groups) moving within and between classes, occupations, and localitiesupwardly mobile
- (of military forces) able to move freely and quickly to any given area
- (postpositive) informal having transport availableare you mobile tonight?
- a port in SW Alabama, on Mobile Bay (an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico): the state's only port and its first permanent settlement, made by French colonists in 1711. Pop: 193 464 (2003 est)
- indicating a vehicle designed for a particular person or purposePopemobile
- a prime mover
- astronomy the outermost empty sphere in the Ptolemaic system that was thought to revolve around the earth from east to west in 24 hours carrying with it the inner spheres of the planets, sun, moon, and fixed stars
Word Origin and History for mobile
late 15c., from Middle French mobile (14c.), from Latin mobilis "movable, easy to move; loose, not firm," figuratively, "pliable, flexible, susceptible, nimble, quick; changeable, inconstant, fickle," contraction of *movibilis, from movere "to move" (see move (v.)). Sociology sense from 1927. Mobile home first recorded 1940.
city in Alabama, U.S., attested c.1540 in Spanish as Mauvila, referring to an Indian group and perhaps from Choctaw (Muskogean) moeli "to paddle." Related: Mobilian.
A sculpture made up of suspended shapes that move.