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 (mō′bəl, -bēl′, -bīl′)
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.
4. Flowing freely; fluid: a mobile liquid.
1. (mō′bēl′) A type of sculpture consisting of carefully equilibrated parts that move, especially in response to air currents.
2. A mobile phone.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mōbilis, from *movibilis, from movēre, to move; see meuə- in Indo-European roots.]

mo·bil′i·ty (mō-bĭl′ĭ-tē) n.


 (mō-bēl′, mō′bēl′)
A city of southwest Alabama at the mouth of the Mobile River, about 61 km (38 mi) long, on the north shore of Mobile Bay, an arm of the Gulf of Mexico. Founded c. 1710, the city was held by the French, British, and Spanish until it was seized by US forces in 1813. In the Battle of Mobile Bay (August 1864), Adm. David Farragut defeated a major Confederate flotilla and secured Union control of the area.


1. (Physiology) the ability to move physically: a knee operation has restricted his mobility; mobility is part of physical education.
2. (Sociology) sociol (of individuals or social groups) movement within or between classes and occupations. See also vertical mobility, horizontal mobility
3. (Social Welfare) time that a resident of a secure unit is allowed to spend outside the unit, as preparation for an eventual return to society
4. (Law) time that a resident of a secure unit is allowed to spend outside the unit, as preparation for an eventual return to society


(moʊˈbɪl ɪ ti)

1. the quality of being mobile.
2. the movement of individuals or groups from place to place, job to job, or one social or economic level to another.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin]


A quality or capability of military forces which permits them to move from place to place while retaining the ability to fulfill their primary mission.


 the populace; the great unwashed—Slang Dictionary, 1874.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mobility - the quality of moving freelymobility - the quality of moving freely  
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
locomotion, motive power, motivity - the power or ability to move
motility - ability to move spontaneously and independently
movability, movableness - the quality of being movable; capable of being moved or rearranged
maneuverability, manoeuvrability - the quality of being maneuverable
manipulability - the quality of being controllable by skilled movements of the hands
restlessness - the quality of being ceaselessly moving or active; "the restlessness of the wind"
immobility - the quality of not moving


1. ability to move, motility, movability, moveableness people with mobility difficulties
2. movement, climbing, progression, upward movement no chance of social mobility
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hareket yeteneği


A. N [of person, joint, society] → movilidad f; [of face, features] → expresividad f
mobility of labourmovilidad f de la mano de obra
social mobilitymovilidad f social
B. CPD mobility allowance N (Brit) subsidio que reciben ciertos minusválidos para cubrir sus gastos de desplazamiento
see also upward A


[məʊˈbɪlɪti] n
(= ability to move) [patient, old person] → mobilité f; [child] → mobilité f
[joint] → mobilité f
(= ability to travel) → mobilité f
With the car, people achieved a mobility never before imagined → Avec la voiture, les gens ont acquis une mobilité inimaginable auparavant.
[labour force, population] → mobilité f social mobility, upward mobilitymobility allowance nallocation f de transport (pour handicapés)


n (of person)Beweglichkeit f; (of mind also)Wendigkeit f; (of features, face etc also)Lebhaftigkeit f; (of work force, Sociol) → Mobilität f; a car gives you mobilityein Auto macht Sie beweglicher


[məʊˈbɪlɪtɪ] nmobilità f inv; (of applicant) → disponibilità f inv a viaggiare


(ˈmoubail) adjective
1. able to move. The van supplying country districts with library books is called a mobile library; The old lady is no longer mobile – she has to stay in bed all day.
2. able to move or be moved quickly or easily. Most of the furniture is very light and mobile.
3. (of someone's features or face) changing easily in expression.
moˈbility (-ˈbi-) noun
ˈmobilize, ˈmobilise (-bi-) verb
to make (especially troops, an army etc), or become, ready for use or action.
ˌmobiliˈzation, ˌmobiliˈsation (-bi-) noun
mobile phone (also mobile) see cellular phone.


n. movilidad.


n movilidad f
References in classic literature ?
As one of its effects, it bestowed on his countenance a quicker mobility than the old Englishman's had possessed, and keener vivacity, but at the expense of a sturdier something, on which these acute endowments seemed to act like dissolving acids.
The whole countenance -- so remarkable in its strongly opposed characteristics -- was rendered additionally striking by its extraordinary mobility.
Her countenance, with surprising mobility, had recovered its gracious expression; but some little red spots on her handkerchief indicated that she had bitten her lips till the blood came.
Now, in spite of the mobility of his countenance, the command of which, like a finished actor, he had carefully studied before the glass, it was by no means easy for him to assume an air of judicial severity.
The latter personage, a man of from twenty-five to twenty-six years of age, with a mien sometimes lively and sometimes dull, making good use of two large eyes, shaded with long eye-lashes, was short of stature and swart of skin; he smiled with an enormous, but well-furnished mouth, and his pointed chin, which appeared to enjoy a mobility nature does not ordinarily grant to that portion of the countenance, leant from time to time very lovingly towards his interlocutrix, who, we must say did not always draw back so rapidly as strict propriety had a right to require.
Certain of Madame de Cintre's personal qualities--the luminous sweetness of her eyes, the delicate mobility of her face, the deep liquidity of her voice--filled all his consciousness.
The ardor of passions still lived in the fire of his eyes, while the eyebrows, which were not wholly whitened, retained their terrible mobility.
They were both atheists, with a depressing fixity of outlook but great mobility of exposition.
Angel Clare rises out of the past not altogether as a distinct figure, but as an appreciative voice, a long regard of fixed, abstracted eyes, and a mobility of mouth somewhat too small and delicately lined for a man's, though with an unexpectedly firm close of the lower lip now and then; enough to do away with any inference of indecision.
Her beautiful face followed, with singular mobility, all the caprices of her song, from the wildest inspiration to the chastest dignity.
Like many great generals before him, he found his baggage, that is to say his tin of corned beef, a serious impediment to mobility.
She was unquestionably handsome; but her beauty was of the somewhat hard and angular type which is so often seen in English women of her race: the nose and chin too prominent and too firmly shaped; the well-opened gray eyes full of spirit and dignity, but wanting in tenderness and mobility of expression.