What does mobile mean?

Definitions for mobile
ˈmoʊ bəl, -bil; esp. Brit. -baɪl for 1-8,10,11 ; ˈmoʊ bil or, Brit., -baɪl for 9mo·bile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Mobile, Mobile Rivernoun

    a river in southwestern Alabama; flows into Mobile Bay

  2. Mobilenoun

    a port in southwestern Alabama on Mobile Bay

  3. mobileadjective

    sculpture suspended in midair whose delicately balanced parts can be set in motion by air currents

  4. mobile, nomadic, peregrine, roving, wanderingadjective


    "a restless mobile society"; "the nomadic habits of the Bedouins"; "believed the profession of a peregrine typist would have a happy future"; "wandering tribes"

  5. mobileadjective

    moving or capable of moving readily (especially from place to place)

    "a mobile missile system"; "the tongue is...the most mobile articulator"

  6. mobileadjective

    having transportation available

  7. mobileadjective

    capable of changing quickly from one state or condition to another

    "a highly mobile face"

  8. fluid, mobileadjective

    affording change (especially in social status)

    "Britain is not a truly fluid society"; "upwardly mobile"


  1. Mobileadjective

    Capable of moving readily, or moving frequenty from place to place; as, a mobile work force.

  2. Mobileadjective

    Having motor vehicles to permit movement from place to place; as, a mobile library; a mobile hospital.


  1. mobilenoun

    A sculpture or decorative arrangement made of items hanging so that they can move independently from each other.

  2. mobilenoun

    A mobile phone.

  3. mobilenoun

    Something that can move.

  4. mobileadjective

    Capable of being moved.

  5. Mobilenoun

    A city in southwest Alabama.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mobilenoun

    The populace; the rout; the mob.

    Etymology: mobile, French.

    Long experience has found it true of the unthinking mobile, that the closer they shut their eyes the wider they open their hands. Robert South, Sermons.

    The mobile are uneasy without a ruler, they are restless with one. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.


  1. mobile

    Mobile refers to anything that is capable of moving or being moved readily, particularly a device or equipment. In telecommunications, mobile pertains to handheld devices, such as smartphones or tablets, that are portable and provide wireless connectivity. It can also refer to a life category that reflects the capacity, behavior, or lifestyle of moving or traveling freely.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mobileadjective

    capable of being moved; not fixed in place or condition; movable

  2. Mobileadjective

    characterized by an extreme degree of fluidity; moving or flowing with great freedom; as, benzine and mercury are mobile liquids; -- opposed to viscous, viscoidal, or oily

  3. Mobileadjective

    easily moved in feeling, purpose, or direction; excitable; changeable; fickle

  4. Mobileadjective

    changing in appearance and expression under the influence of the mind; as, mobile features

  5. Mobileadjective

    capable of being moved, aroused, or excited; capable of spontaneous movement

  6. Mobileadjective

    the mob; the populace

  7. Etymology: [L. mobilis, for movibilis, fr. movere to move: cf. F. mobile. See Move.]


  1. Mobile

    Mobile is the third most populous city in the State of Alabama, the county seat of Mobile County, and Alabama's only salt water port. It is located at the head of Mobile Bay and the north-central Gulf Coast of the United States. The population within the city limits was 195,111 during the 2010 census. It is the largest municipality on the Gulf Coast between New Orleans, Louisiana, and St. Petersburg, Florida. Mobile is the principal municipality of the Mobile Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region of 412,992 residents which is composed solely of Mobile County and is the third largest metropolitan statistical area in the state. Mobile is largest city in the Mobile-Daphne−Fairhope CSA, with a total population of 604,726, the second largest in the state. As of 2011, the population within a 60 mile radius of Mobile is 1,262,907. Mobile began as the first capital of colonial French Louisiana in 1702. The city gained its name from the Native American Mobila tribe that the French colonists found in the area of Mobile Bay. During its first 100 years, Mobile was a colony of France, then Britain, and lastly Spain. Mobile first became a part of the United States of America in 1813, with the annexation of West Florida under President James Madison. It then left that union in 1861 when Alabama joined the Confederate States of America, which collapsed in 1865.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mobile

    mō′bil, or mob′il, adj. that can be moved or excited.—n. Mobilisā′tion.—v.t. Mō′bilise, to put in readiness for service in war: to call into active service, as troops.—n. Mobil′ity, quality of being mobile: (slang) the mob.—Crédit mobilier, the system in banking of advancing money to the owners of movable property—as opposed to Credit foncier, on the security of real or immovable property. [Fr. mobiliser—L. mobilis.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Mobile

    a city and port of Alabama, U.S., 30 m. N. of the Gulf of Mexico; a thriving place; exports cotton, lumber, &c.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. mobile

    A city and capital of Mobile Co., Ala., situated on the west bank of the Mobile River, immediately above its entrance into the bay of the same name. It was founded by Bienville in 1711, passed into the hands of the English in 1763, was taken by the Spanish general Galvez in 1780, and was confirmed to Spain by the treaty of 1783. Mobile was blockaded by the Federal fleet in May, 1861. In 1864 the Confederates constructed several ironclads and gunboats, and threatened to raise the blockade. On August 5, Admiral Farragut with his fleet passed Forts Morgan and Gaines, the Confederate fortifications guarding the entrance to Mobile Bay, captured the ram “Tennessee” and the gunboat “Selma,” and effectually crippled the “Gaines.” With the co-operation of the land forces, the forts were soon captured, and the city was effectually cut off from external commerce. Mobile was evacuated by the Confederates, and surrendered to Gen. Canby and Rear-Admiral Thatcher, April 12, 1865, about 1000 prisoners, 150 guns, and a large quantity of ammunition and supplies falling into the hands of the Federals.

Editors Contribution

  1. mobile

    Able to move.

    To be mobile is a gift.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 22, 2020  

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  1. Mobile

    movable: having the power of motion.

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British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mobile' in Adjectives Frequency: #808

Anagrams for mobile »

  1. emboli

  2. bemoil

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mobile in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mobile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of mobile in a Sentence

  1. Dr Koehl:

    More recently we've been looking at consumer spaces so we're talking to a number of manufacturers of mobile phones and mobile phone components, we want to develop a module small enough to put into mobile devices like phones.

  2. Sajid Javid:

    Too many parts of the UK regularly suffer from poor mobile coverage leaving them unable to make calls or send texts, government and businesses have been clear about the importance of mobile connectivity, and improved coverage, so this legally binding agreement will give the UK the world-class mobile phone coverage it needs and deserves.

  3. Mitul Gandhi:

    The search engines are no longer kidding around when it comes to mobile optimization, google has released AMP Pages, their tool to allow web designers to quickly optimize their pages for mobile devices, and Apple is building their entire algorithm based on the actions of mobile users, based on their massive mobile phone market share.

  4. James Steyer:

    It's a mobile world so these kids live on mobile platforms, i mean if you look at the numbers, it's clear that you have this clear transformation of teens and tweens' lives through digital and mobile platforms.

  5. Hunter S. Thompson:

    In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile.

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