- capable of being moved; not fixed in one place, position, or posture.
- Law. (of property)
- not permanent in reference to place; capable of being moved without injury.
- personal, as distinguished from real.
- changing from one date to another in different years: a movable holiday.
- (of type or matrices) able to be rearranged.
- an article of furniture that is not fixed in place.
- Often movables. Law. an article of personal property not attached to land.
Origin of movable
Examples from the Web for moveable
“He did have a point, though, and I knew it very well,” Hemingway wrote in A Moveable Feast.America's Drunkest Writer
July 17, 2011
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The Daily Beast
July 14, 2009
On the under surface of the body we find a quantity of moveable appendages.On the Genesis of Species
St. George Mivart
We have set apart a tenth of those things which were moveable.Stories From Livy
He is a moveable prison, and his hands two manacles hard to be filed off.Microcosmography
There had been time to move the most valuable effects which were moveable.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
The nature, indeed, of the character is such, that moveable types would scarcely be practicable.
- able to be moved or rearranged; not fixed
- (esp of religious festivals such as Easter) varying in date from year to year
- (usually spelt moveable) law denoting or relating to personal property as opposed to realty
- printing (of type) cast singly so that each character is on a separate piece of type suitable for composition by hand, as founder's type
- (often plural) a movable article, esp a piece of furniture
Word Origin and History for moveable
also moveable, late 14c., "disposed to movement;" c.1400, "capable of being moved," from Old French movable, from moveir (see move (v.)). A moveable feast (early 15c.) is one in the Church calendar which, though always on the same day of the week, varies its date from year to year. Related: Movability.