[moh-beel, moh-beel] /moʊˈbil, ˈmoʊ bil/

a seaport in SW Alabama at the mouth of the Mobile River.
a river in SW Alabama, formed by the confluence of the Alabama and Tombigbee rivers. 38 miles (61 km) long.
having freedom of movement; movable
changing quickly in expression: a mobile face
(sociol) (of individuals or social groups) moving within and between classes, occupations, and localities: upwardly mobile
(of military forces) able to move freely and quickly to any given area
(postpositive) (informal) having transport available: are you mobile tonight?

short for mobile phone
/ˈməʊbiːl; məʊˈbiːl/
a port in SW Alabama, on Mobile Bay (an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico): the state’s only port and its first permanent settlement, made by French colonists in 1711. Pop: 193 464 (2003 est)

late 15c., from Middle French mobile (14c.), from Latin mobilis “movable, easy to move; loose, not firm,” figuratively, “pliable, flexible, susceptible, nimble, quick; changeable, inconstant, fickle,” contraction of *movibilis, from movere “to move” (see move (v.)). Sociology sense from 1927. Mobile home first recorded 1940.

early 15c. in astronomy, “outer sphere of the universe,” from mobile (adj.); the artistic sense is first recorded 1949 as a shortening of mobile sculpture (1936). Now-obsolete sense of “the common people, the rabble” (1670s) led to mob (n.).

city in Alabama, U.S., attested c.1540 in Spanish as Mauvila, referring to an Indian group and perhaps from Choctaw (Muskogean) moeli “to paddle.” Related: Mobilian.

A sculpture made up of suspended shapes that move.

Note: Alexander Calder, a twentieth-century American sculptor, is known for his mobiles.


Attractive; dishy (1990s+ Teenagers)

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