mobile

[ moh-buhl, -beel or, especially British, -bahyl ]
/ ˈmoʊ bəl, -bil or, especially British, -baɪl /

adjective

noun

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Origin of mobile

First recorded in 1450–1500; late Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin, neuter of mōbilis “movable,” contraction of assumed movibilis, equivalent to movi- (stem of movēre “to set in motion, impel, move”) + -bilis adjective suffix; see origin at move,-ble

OTHER WORDS FROM mobile

non·mo·bile, adjectivesem·i·mo·bile, adjectiveun·mo·bile, adjective

Definition for mobile (2 of 3)

Mobile
[ moh-beel, moh-beel ]
/ moʊˈbil, ˈmoʊ bil /

noun

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.

Definition for mobile (3 of 3)

-mobile

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for mobile (1 of 3)

mobile
/ (ˈməʊbaɪl) /

adjective

noun

  1. a sculpture suspended in midair with delicately balanced parts that are set in motion by air currents
  2. (as modifier)mobile sculpture Compare stabile
short for mobile phone

Word Origin for mobile

C15: via Old French from Latin mōbilis, from movēre to move

British Dictionary definitions for mobile (2 of 3)

Mobile
/ (ˈməʊbiːl, məʊˈbiːl) /

noun

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)

British Dictionary definitions for mobile (3 of 3)

-mobile
/ (məʊˌbiːl) /

suffix forming nouns

indicating a vehicle designed for a particular person or purposePopemobile
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Cultural definitions for mobile

mobile

A sculpture made up of suspended shapes that move.

notes for mobile

Alexander Calder, a twentieth-century American sculptor, is known for his mobiles.
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