mobile[mō′bəl, -bīl′; for adj. 5 & n., -bēl′]
- The definition of mobile is someone or something that is moving, able to move or is being moved.
- An example of mobile is a cellular phone.
- An example of mobile is a person who has access to a car.
- moving, or capable of moving or being moved, from place to place
- movable by means of a motor vehicle or vehicles: a mobile X-ray unit
- very fluid, as mercury
- capable of changing rapidly or easily, as in response to different moods, feelings, conditions, needs, or influences; flexible, adaptable, etc.
- designating or of a society in which one may change in social status, and in which social groups mingle freely
- designating a person who is experiencing a change in social status: the upwardly mobile professional
- Art that is or has to do with a mobile or mobiles
Origin of mobileOld French ; from Classical Latin mobilis, movable ; from movere, to move
a piece of abstract sculpture which aims to depict movement, i.e., kinetic rather than static rhythms, as by an arrangement of thin forms, rings, rods, etc. balanced and suspended in midair and set in motion by air currents
- seaport in SW Ala., on Mobile Bay: pop. 199,000
- river in SW Ala., formed by the Alabama & Tombigbee rivers & flowing into Mobile Bay: c. 45 mi (72 km)
Origin of Mobile; from French ; from Amerindian ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
motorized vehicle designed for a (specified) purpose: bookmobile, snowmobile
Origin of -mobile; from (auto)mobile
- a. Capable of moving or of being moved readily from place to place: a mobile organism; a mobile missile system.b. Of or relating to wireless communication devices, such as cell phones.
- a. Capable of moving or changing quickly from one state or condition to another: a mobile, expressive face.b. Fluid; unstable: a mobile situation following the coup.
- a. Marked by the easy intermixing of different social groups: a mobile community.b. Moving relatively easily from one social class or level to another: an upwardly mobile generation.c. Tending to travel and relocate frequently: a restless, mobile society.
- Flowing freely; fluid: a mobile liquid.
- A type of sculpture consisting of carefully equilibrated parts that move, especially in response to air currents.
- A mobile phone.
Origin of mobileMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin mōbilis, from *movibilis, from movēre, to move; see meu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
A city of southwest Alabama at the mouth of the Mobile River, about 61 km (38 mi) long, on the north shore of Mobile Bay, an arm of the Gulf of Mexico. Founded c. 1710, the city was held by the French, British, and Spanish until it was seized by US forces in 1813. In the Battle of Mobile Bay (August 1864), Adm. David Farragut defeated a major Confederate flotilla and secured Union control of the area.
(comparative more mobile, superlative most mobile)
- Capable of being moved.
- By agency of mobile phones.
- Characterized by an extreme degree of fluidity; moving or flowing with great freedom.
- Mercury is a mobile liquid.
- Easily moved in feeling, purpose, or direction; excitable; changeable; fickle.
- Changing in appearance and expression under the influence of the mind.
- mobile features
- (biology) Capable of being moved, aroused, or excited; capable of spontaneous movement.
- A sculpture or decorative arrangement made of items hanging so that they can move independently from each other .
- A mobile phone .
- Something that can move.
- A city in southwest Alabama.
mobile - Computer Definition
- Easily movable.
- In telecommunications, able to maintain a connection while in motion. Some RF-based wireless technologies support mobile communications. Cordless telephony, for example, allows the user to establish and maintain a connection while in motion, as long as the telephone is within range of the base station (BS). Cellular telephony not only allows the user to establish and maintain a connection while in motion, as long as the mobile station (MS) is within range of a base station, but also can accomplish call hand-offs to seamlessly transfer the call between base stations as the user moves from one cell to another cell. See also cellular, cordless telephony, and RF.
- Referring to a mobile phone, or cellular telephone. In some parts of the world the slang term for such a phone is mobile (pronounced "MO-byle," at least in Great Britain). In other parts of the world, the slang term is simply cell. See also cellular radio.