[ moh-buh l, -beel or, esp. British, -bahyl ]
/ ˈmoʊ bəl, -bil or, esp. British, -baɪl /
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).
Informal. a mobile home.
Citizens Band Radio Slang. a vehicle.
Origin of mobile
OTHER WORDS FROM mobilenon·mo·bile, adjectivesem·i·mo·bile, adjectiveun·mo·bile, adjective
Words nearby mobile
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British Dictionary definitions for nonmobile (1 of 2)
/ (ˈməʊbiːl, məʊˈbiːl) /
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 nonmobile (2 of 2)
/ (ˈməʊbaɪl) /
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?
Word Origin for mobile
C15: via Old French from Latin mōbilis, from movēre to move
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Cultural definitions for nonmobile
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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