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
- 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
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.
(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.
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mÅbilis (“easy to be moved, moveable"), from moveÅ (“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.