ETYM Latin mobilis, for movibilis, from movere to move: cf. French mobile. Related to Move.
1. Moving or capable of moving readily (especially from place to place).
2. Capable of changing quickly from one state or condition to another.
3. Having transportation available.
4. (Of groups of people) Tending to travel and change settlements frequently; SYN. nomadic, peregrine, roving, wandering.
airborne · ambulant · ambulatory · changeable · changeful · floating · fluid · flying · maneuverable · manoeuvrable · mechanised · mechanized · motile · motorized · movable · moveable · moving · nomadic · perambulating · peregrine · racy · raisable · raiseable · rangy · rotatable · roving · seaborne · transferable · transferrable · transplantable · transportable · unsettled · versatile · wandering · waterborne
ETYM Latin mobile vulgus. Related to Mobile, Mob.
A sculpture suspended in midair whose delicately balanced parts can be set in motion by air currents.
Mobile · Mobile River
1. A port in southwestern Alabama on Mobile Bay.
2. A river in southwestern Alabama; flows into Mobile Bay; Also called: Mobile River.
3. City in Alabama (USA).
Industrial city (meatpacking, paper, cement, clothing, chemicals) and only seaport in Alabama, us; Founded 1702 by the French a little to the N of the present city, Mobile was capital of the French colony of Louisiana until 1763. It was then British until 1780, and Spanish to 1813.
In music, a piece consisting of sections the order of which may be varied at will or according to rules of association, so named after the example of Alexander Calder’s mobile sculpture. Examples include Henri Pousseur’s Mobile for two pianos 1956–58, and Mobile for Shakespeare 1959 by Roman Haubenstock-Ramati. See also aleatory music.