Definition of mobile in English:

mobile

adjective

  • 1Able to move or be moved freely or easily:

    ‘he has a weight problem and is not very mobile’
    ‘highly mobile international capital’
    • ‘America's ability to attract the capital needed to finance this deficit confirms its hegemonic status as the safest home for mobile international capital.’
    • ‘As laptop horsepower has steadily grown, mobile PCs have been able to take on more daunting tasks usually best left to their desktop brethren.’
    • ‘They were also more independently mobile and were able to be discharged sooner.’
    • ‘The payback is that our older folk have a better quality of life; they are able to be mobile, to go out and enjoy their grandkids.’
    • ‘When mobile international capital escapes taxation, as it increasingly does, it makes social protection much more difficult to pay for.’
    • ‘However, he argues that the benefits of ‘free trade’ do not necessarily hold when capital goods are mobile internationally.’
    • ‘Physiotherapy can help to keep the joints mobile (able to move) and strengthen the surrounding muscles.’
    • ‘As I understand it they are mobile and can easily be transferred if the need arises.’
    • ‘By using large, easily mobile poultry sheds he allows his birds to benefit from clean, fresh ground each day around the farm's 100 acres of fields and woodlands.’
    • ‘They will be able to invite mobile bankers to their homes and offices.’
    • ‘The woman, diagnosed with the disease 11 years ago, is currently fully mobile and is able to work as a childminder from home.’
    • ‘On the contrary, he's surprisingly mobile, able to bowl over defenders or fake them out.’
    • ‘Actually, the decrease is also harmful if capital is mobile internationally, as it is today under globalization.’
    • ‘Behind all the financial jargon, basically what the meeting was about was how to tax some of the mobile capital that's bouncing around the global economy.’
    able to move, able to move around, moving, walking, ambulant, ambulatory
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    1. 1.1 (of the face or its features) indicating feelings with fluid and expressive movements:
      ‘her mobile features worked overtime to register shock and disapproval’
      • ‘His exhibit of a human skull captivates the viewer with its tranquil, yet mobile, expression.’
      • ‘So my face is still mobile and expressive, and while it won't ever look 25 again, there is a marked difference.’
      • ‘The bandleader, who doubles as the vocalist, is a small, nimble man with a mobile face and dark, bristly hair.’
      • ‘She is an endless delight, with her humorous, homely, mobile face; she's terrific at mugging and double takes.’
      • ‘Then leaps back into action like an Italian, talking with hands and very, very mobile face.’
      • ‘The cook was a huge singing head whose mobile features and acting skills exceed the expressive capacities of most live opera singers.’
      • ‘‘Actors are trained to have very mobile expressions, so you have to do the opposite of that,’ she says.’
      • ‘She has the mobile, expressive face of an intelligent, successful woman: but her limbs are helpless, twisted with painful spasms.’
      • ‘His face is mobile and pensive, reflecting a deeper register of emotion than his acting peers in Miami and Las Vegas.’
      • ‘He again raised one delicate eyebrow, a pained expression on his mobile face.’
      • ‘Small and slight, beneath a few grey hairs she has a gamine, mobile face.’
      • ‘He has an incredibly mobile face, and a lithe body that he can still contort into incredible shapes.’
      • ‘His mobile face creases into a road atlas of frowns.’
      • ‘She has expressively mobile features and switches from youthful hope to aged eccentricity with admirable economy.’
      expressive, eloquent, suggestive, meaning, speaking, revealing, telltale, animated, changing, ever-changing
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    2. 1.2 (of a shop, library, or other service) accommodated in a vehicle so as to travel around and serve various places:
      ‘a mobile library visits once a fortnight’
      ‘a cup of tea from the mobile canteen’
      • ‘The plans also include expanding the mobile library service with two extra vehicles and a big investment in new books, CDs, videos and DVDs.’
      • ‘This does not matter because they will be able to use mobile finger print scanners to check someone's ID.’
      • ‘The mobile laboratory will be able to address many problems arising from the use of the disciplines of pathology, dermatology, and allergies.’
      • ‘The latest strategy was devised by officers who looked at the locations and conditions of the council's existing 31 libraries as well as the areas served by its three mobile libraries.’
      • ‘I read a lot but find new books are few and far between, so people are discouraged from using the mobile library, which is a shame as it serves well for elderly and disabled.’
      • ‘Instead, they decided to axe the mobile library servicing the town.’
      • ‘The mobile library and home delivery service will be maintained.’
      • ‘They are able to form a mobile A&E ward that can be flown out to the small community GP run hospitals.’
      • ‘The budget-making meeting saw a reprieve for the city's children's book bus, which was set to be scrapped and the service merged with the mobile library scheme.’
      • ‘The need for a mobile library has been felt in the residential areas after the District Library Authority suspended its mobile service for various reasons some time back.’
      • ‘Leisure chiefs are under fire for moves to close a suburban branch library and replace it with a mobile service.’
      • ‘The City Health Department sent a mobile service team out into neighboring communities to assist disadvantaged families living outside of the Central area.’
      • ‘I'm not sure a mobile library is the answer for the elderly.’
      • ‘A world in which there were milkmen, and bread delivery men, and mobile shops, and a tight knit community.’
      • ‘It comes just weeks after the council announced plans to scrap its mobile library service.’
      • ‘The mobile service is designed to bring the marriage bureau to the doorstep of the customer.’
      • ‘Hopefully, towards the end of September our mobile library service will commence.’
      • ‘City chiefs also agreed to spend an extra £100,000 to buy a new mobile library service.’
      • ‘The mobile library service dates back to the age of horse and cart, but expanded rapidly with the closure of many smaller rural branches.’
      • ‘In a bid to reduce waiting times, 200 patients are being sent to Hope Hospital in Salford where they will be able to use a mobile scanner in the car park.’
      travelling, transportable, transferable, portable, movable, locomotive, manoeuvrable
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    3. 1.3 (of a military or police unit) equipped and prepared to move quickly to any place it is needed:
      ‘at first the regiment's role was to act as a mobile reserve’
      • ‘The prevalent attitude was ‘we work hard and play hard,’ which is also dominant in many mobile units today.’
      • ‘As news of the incident spread around the community, Police stepped up their presence on the estate and set up a mobile police unit to reassure people.’
      • ‘Another five new mobile units will start patrols by the end of the year.’
      • ‘Their task was to delay any attempted enemy landing for long enough to allow the mobile units stationed in the interior to intervene.’
      • ‘On many occasions mobile army groups and even fronts were brought into the battle to complete a breach of the main defense line.’
      • ‘Officers from Farnworth police station will be seconded to the mobile unit which will be fitted out with offices and equipped with computers and telephones.’
      • ‘If necessary, they are to be reinforced with mobile units redeployed from other areas.’
      • ‘In the afternoon of 23 March a police officer was on mobile patrol duty in the town centre.’
      • ‘It will then open at varying times fortnightly, alternating with the visit of the mobile police unit.’
      • ‘An integral part of setting the force will be a particular emphasis on achieving the Army's modularity objectives for more versatile and mobile units.’
      • ‘The goal of Task Force Modularity is to restructure the Army so that tactical level combat units are more mobile and can self-sustain longer than ever before.’
      • ‘Police officers stationed at a mobile unit outside his home and national newspaper reporters will keep a round-the-clock watch on the farm.’
      • ‘Work is going on around the clock to complete the task of clearing the scene and a small village of briefing tents, police vans and mobile investigation units has grown up.’
      • ‘Funding for the mobile police unit, which currently patrols the city's weekend ‘nightbus’ network, is due to end early next year.’
      • ‘The most important way to achieve this, to our mind, is to create highly mobile military units in the Armed Forces.’
      • ‘A special mobile police or army unit is being formed, in order to seize and deport foreigners or rejected asylum-seekers living illegally in the country.’
      • ‘A mobile police unit has been on standby at the Embassy since Tuesday night.’
      • ‘And they were relatively untrained and ill prepared to attack a mobile army in the field.’
      • ‘The mobile military had done nothing, the ground cannons were a similar failure, and there had been no pre-emptive weakening phase.’
      • ‘The officers thought that in modern mechanized warfare dismounted infantry would delay the mobile units on which success depended.’
  • 2Relating to mobile phones, handheld computers, and similar technology:

    ‘the next generation of mobile networks’
    ‘a mobile device’
    • ‘The company's coolest announcements includes a video sharing service for cell phones and a mobile banking tool.’
    • ‘Shareholders also questioned investments in mobile players in developing countries.’
    • ‘But within, a few young, tech-savvy aides are trying to drag municipal government into the age of mobile gadgetry.’
    • ‘Toshiba were one of the pioneers in mobile computing and their machines still retain a little bit of pioneering class.’
    • ‘The situation has been similar in the mobile market.’
    • ‘Most importantly, mobile streaming provides operators with strong, recurring revenue streams.’
    • ‘For an industry that wants to make money, the mobile data business does not move fast.’
    • ‘The problem with new mobile data services lies not with the services themselves but with the devices used to access them.’
    • ‘Analysts are divided regarding future prospects for Vodafone shares, despite a rebound in the share price of the British mobile operator last week.’
    • ‘What we are now starting to see, more and more, are PC vendors marketing mobile broadband, embedded on our notebook computers.’
    • ‘Teenagers will carry mobile devices, allowing their parents to track and access them via a home computer.’
    • ‘Consumers demanded mobile video.’
    • ‘With a Bluetooth wireless connection, it is even possible to run a presentation from a mobile handset without the need for a laptop.’
  • 3Able or willing to move easily or freely between occupations, places of residence, or social classes:

    ‘an increasingly mobile society’
    • ‘Francis, who was geographically and occupationally mobile, did not attain the same social and economic upward mobility as his brother Paul.’
    • ‘If the factors of production are internationally mobile, capital and labor would move from England to Portugal, where both commodities can be produced the cheapest.’
    • ‘Labor and capital are assumed perfectly mobile within an exporting country, but must stay within that country.’
    • ‘Residents are very mobile, and nearly 80 percent are now urban.’
    • ‘The thing is, our high school has a very mobile social ladder.’
    • ‘To play that role you need to be mobile, able to hold the ball up under pressure and willing to run and run.’
    • ‘In economic terms this is the creation of a socially mobile class.’
    • ‘The number of usual residents was 6,639,000 while mobile residents was 206,400.’
    • ‘These institutions tend to arise naturally, he argues, with the emergence of a socially mobile middle class.’
    • ‘The main advantage of this is that mobile workers will be able to access one work environment wherever they are.’
    • ‘Participants were mobile, averaging 2.2 residences in the past year.’
    • ‘It probably meant that he was easily mobile - able to move and travel at the slightest notice.’
    • ‘There was no large and mobile urban middle class with time and money to spend communing with nature in the national parks.’
    adaptable, flexible, versatile, changing, fluid, moving, on the move, adjustable, transplantable
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noun

  • 1A decorative structure that is suspended so as to turn freely in the air:

    ‘brightly coloured mobiles rotated from the ceiling’
    • ‘Provide brightly colored mobiles and textured objects for your baby to look at and hold.’
    • ‘Make mobiles by suspending objects from coat hangers and ensuring they balance.’
    • ‘His characters are so thin they could have been hand painted in a kindergarten and suspended from a mobile.’
    • ‘A leaf mobile is the perfect decoration for the fall season!’
    • ‘I was staring at the dust filtering through beams of sunlight shining through my bird mobile.’
    • ‘It will be 60 minutes long and will essentially feature characters suspended by a mobile from a crane.’
    • ‘After our initial enthusiasm we lost interest in the paper mache go-go earrings, the bird mobile, the hand-held battery fan.’
    • ‘He assembled the crib and placed it by the window, and he hung a small mobile above the bed.’
    • ‘The electricity system may be likened to a giant mobile with suspended weights.’
  • 2British A mobile phone:

    ‘we telephoned from our mobile to theirs’
    • ‘Picture phone users will be asked to hand in their mobiles at reception, and will even be asked to leave if they persist in using the handsets.’
    • ‘Teenagers are all armed with mobiles already, and whether that's right or wrong is another argument.’
    • ‘The document says the use of telephones - land lines and mobiles - will be monitored.’
    • ‘It turns out that people who don't have mobiles or fixed landline phones use payphones more than any other group.’
    • ‘If I watch the calls I make to mobiles, I could probably get my phone bill down to less than £25 a month.’
    • ‘They've got mobiles, we've tried to phone and left messages but we've heard nothing.’
    • ‘If you want any help, or you don't like being on your own in that house, just ring the mobile.’
    • ‘I don't need a color-screen mobile which is extremely popular nowadays.’
    • ‘I would have rung them, but I don't have a mobile.’
    • ‘The dish is used to connect calls from landline telephones to mobiles and vice versa without the need for cables.’
    • ‘If Santa has brought you your dreamphone, what are you going to do to dispose of any old mobiles you might have?’
    • ‘Some fashion-chasing girls are known to change their mobiles every month.’
    • ‘If listeners like a tune, they call in and then ring off, so the studio mobile registers a ‘missed call’.’
    • ‘I am 21 years old and have used a mobile for around 4 years.’
    • ‘The only thing worse than a mobile on the table that rings is a mobile on the table that doesn't.’
    • ‘Your mobile could double up as an MP3 player, using which one can download songs from the PC with an infra-red.’
    • ‘The cruise companies say mobiles at sea are far more reliable then existing satellite phones, and have the added bonus of being less expensive.’
    • ‘We all now have mobiles, and send each other written text messages.’
    • ‘Also, in an attempt to curb costs, we have our children on pay-as-you-go mobiles rather than account phones.’
    telephone, mobile phone, mobile, cell phone, car phone, radio-telephone, cordless phone, videophone, extension
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  • 3[mass noun] The Internet as accessed via smartphones or other mobile devices, especially when regarded as a market sector:

    ‘the biggest growth area in games right now is in mobile’

Phrases

  • upwardly (or downwardly) mobile

    • Moving to a higher (or lower) social class; acquiring (or losing) wealth and status:

      ‘the old middle class lost ground to upwardly mobile immigrant groups’
      • ‘In a modern society, such knowledge logically ought to be valued most by the upwardly mobile middle class, who can use it to get ahead.’
      • ‘Such social dos are more or less confined to the well to do and the upwardly mobile class of young professionals.’
      • ‘Those welcome included educated, responsible and upwardly mobile people, young professionals and better dressed students.’
      • ‘It seems that upwardly mobile social climbers find the snob appeal of double-barrelled names irresistible.’
      • ‘Its all about being upwardly mobile and accepted by a better class.’
      • ‘The girls' schools which proliferated in the eighteenth century were well attuned to the social needs of the upwardly mobile.’
      • ‘The young, upwardly mobile professionals, and the dual-income no kids yet couples - to give them their full titles - are moving in.’
      • ‘It's two decades since the great council house sale in the UK but my parents, upwardly mobile working class, bought a house in 1955.’
      • ‘The upwardly mobile class today is weighed down by lifestyle, junk food, limited physical activity and excess body weight.’
      • ‘Puritan, and Parliamentary, ideas were most popular among the upwardly mobile commercial middle classes.’

Origin

Late 15th century: via French from Latin mobilis, from movere to move. The noun dates from the 1940s.

Pronunciation:

mobile

/ˈməʊbʌɪl/

Definition of Mobile in English:

Mobile

proper noun

  • An industrial city and port on the coast of southern Alabama; population 191,022 (est. 2008).

Pronunciation:

Mobile

/məʊˈbiːl/