mobile

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See also: Mobile and -mobile

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mōbilis (easy to be moved, moveable), from moveō (move).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈməʊbaɪl/, /ˈməʊbʌɪl/
    • (file)
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmoʊbəl/, /ˈmoʊbil/, /ˈmoʊbaɪl/, sculpture always IPA(key): /ˈmoʊbil/

Adjective[edit]

mobile (comparative more mobile, superlative most mobile)

  1. Capable of being moved, especially on wheels.
    Antonyms: fixed, immobile, sessile, stationary
    a mobile home
  2. Pertaining to or by agency of mobile phones.
    mobile number
    mobile internet
    • 2012 December 1, “An internet of airborne things”, in The Economist[1], volume 405, number 8813, page 3 (Technology Quarterly):
      A farmer could place an order for a new tractor part by text message and pay for it by mobile money-transfer. A supplier many miles away would then take the part to the local matternet station for airborne dispatch via drone.
  3. Characterized by an extreme degree of fluidity; moving or flowing with great freedom.
    Mercury is a mobile liquid.
  4. Easily moved in feeling, purpose, or direction; excitable; changeable; fickle.
    Synonyms: excitable, fickle
  5. Changing in appearance and expression under the influence of the mind.
    mobile features
    • 1837, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Ethel Churchill, volume 1, page 176:
      His finely cut features were capable of every variety of expression; they were, to use a French epithet, expressive as their epithets for all social qualities usually are, mobile in the extreme.
  6. (biology) Capable of being moved, aroused, or excited; capable of spontaneous movement.

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Noun[edit]

mobile (plural mobiles)

Mobile
Mobile hanging over a baby's crib
  1. (art) A kinetic sculpture or decorative arrangement made of items hanging so that they can move independently from each other.
  2. (telephony, UK) Ellipsis of mobile phone
    Synonym: cell phone
    • 2000, “Idioteque”, in Kid A, performed by Radiohead:
      Mobiles squerking, mobiles chirping / Take the money and run
  3. (uncountable, Internet) The internet accessed via mobile devices.
    there are many business opportunities in mobile
  4. One who or moves, or who can move (e.g. to travel to a different place).
    • 1963, Highway Research Record:
      [] if the constrained "immobiles" are given the same transportation access as the unconstrained "mobiles". [] We concentrated on a mobile teenager population that had good public transportation or automobile access and a []
    • 1988 February 25, Nigel Nicholson; Michael West, Managerial Job Change: Men and Women in Transition, Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 132:
      Table 6.5 does indeed show that non-changers were more contented [] For Table 6.7 shows that even when we take account of the initial differences between the mobiles and immobiles, the mobiles' ratings of job characteristics move strongly in a positive direction while all the immobiles' record negative shifts. So the pattern is clear and consistent: jobs get better for movers and worse for non-movers.
    • 2005 July 19, Ian M. Philpott, The Royal Air Force: The Trenchard Years, 1918–1929, Casemate Publishers, →ISBN:
      One ex-airwoman recalls meal times for both 'mobiles' and 'immobiles', when they sat on backless benches at long bare tables. The 'immobiles' brought in their own food, crockery and cutlery. A free-standing iron range was used []

Descendants[edit]

  • Japanese: モバイル (mobairu)
  • Persian: موبایل(mobâil)

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Danish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mobile

  1. definite of mobil
  2. plural of mobil

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

< English mobile

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmobile/, [ˈmo̞bile̞] (nalle-type declension)
  • IPA(key): /ˈmobileˣ/, [ˈmo̞bile̞(ʔ)] (hame-type declension)
  • Rhymes: -obile
  • Syllabification: mo‧bi‧le

Noun[edit]

mobile

  1. mobile (kinetic sculpture)

Declension[edit]

Inflection of mobile (Kotus type 8/nalle, no gradation)
nominative mobile mobilet
genitive mobilen mobilejen
partitive mobilea mobileja
illative mobileen mobileihin
singular plural
nominative mobile mobilet
accusative nom. mobile mobilet
gen. mobilen
genitive mobilen mobilejen
mobileinrare
partitive mobilea mobileja
inessive mobilessa mobileissa
elative mobilesta mobileista
illative mobileen mobileihin
adessive mobilella mobileilla
ablative mobilelta mobileilta
allative mobilelle mobileille
essive mobilena mobileina
translative mobileksi mobileiksi
instructive mobilein
abessive mobiletta mobileitta
comitative mobileineen
Possessive forms of mobile (type nalle)
possessor singular plural
1st person mobileni mobilemme
2nd person mobilesi mobilenne
3rd person mobilensa
Inflection of mobile (Kotus type 48/hame, no gradation)
nominative mobile mobileet
genitive mobileen mobileiden
mobileitten
partitive mobiletta mobileita
illative mobileeseen mobileisiin
mobileihin
singular plural
nominative mobile mobileet
accusative nom. mobile mobileet
gen. mobileen
genitive mobileen mobileiden
mobileitten
partitive mobiletta mobileita
inessive mobileessa mobileissa
elative mobileesta mobileista
illative mobileeseen mobileisiin
mobileihin
adessive mobileella mobileilla
ablative mobileelta mobileilta
allative mobileelle mobileille
essive mobileena mobileina
translative mobileeksi mobileiksi
instructive mobilein
abessive mobileetta mobileitta
comitative mobileineen
Possessive forms of mobile (type hame)
possessor singular plural
1st person mobileeni mobileemme
2nd person mobileesi mobileenne
3rd person mobileensa

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin mōbilis. Doublet of meuble.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mobile (plural mobiles)

  1. mobile
  2. moving
  3. movable

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Noun[edit]

mobile m (plural mobiles)

  1. (physics) moving body
  2. mobile (decoration)
  3. motive (for an action, for a crime)
  4. mobile phone; Ellipsis of téléphone mobile
    Synonyms: cell, téléphone cellulaire, cellulaire, téléphone mobile, téléphone portable, portable

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German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mobile

  1. inflection of mobil:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably borrowed from Latin mōbilis.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mobile (plural mobili, superlative mobilissimo)

  1. movable, mobile
    Antonym: immobile
  2. moving

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Noun[edit]

mobile m (plural mobili)

  1. (in the singular) piece of furniture (item of furniture)
  2. (in the plural) furniture
    Synonyms: mobilia, mobilio, arredamento
  3. (heraldry) charge
  4. mobile (cellular phone)
    Synonyms: cellulare, telefonino
    Antonym: fisso

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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mōbile

  1. nominative/accusative/vocative neuter singular of mōbilis

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mobile

  1. definite singular of mobil
  2. plural of mobil

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mobile

  1. definite singular of mobil
  2. plural of mobil

Romanian[edit]

Noun[edit]

mobile

  1. plural of mobilă

Swedish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mobile

  1. absolute definite natural masculine singular of mobil.