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 (ĭ-mō′bəl, -bēl′, -bīl′)
1. Immovable; fixed: an immobile rock formation.
2. Not moving; motionless: The patient in the coma was immobile.
3. Not very mobile or agile; capable of moving only slowly: an immobile quarterback.

im′mo·bil′i·ty (-bĭl′ĭ-tē) n.
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  1. (I am) comatose like a mouse in the sun —Janet Flanner

    The simile was prompted by the writer’s being heavily medicated.

  2. Fixed as the garden in a wallpaper mural —Anon
  3. Frozen like dogs waiting at night for a bitch in heat —Bertold Brecht
  4. Immobile as a heavily sprayed coiffure —Elyse Sommer
  5. Immobile as despair —Yvor Winters
  6. (Lay,) immobile, like something caught, an ungainly fish —Daphne Merkin
  7. Immobilized like fishes caught in a net —Dominique Lapierre
  8. Immovable, emotionless, a jade Buddha serenely contemplating some quintessential episode of a TV police show —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  9. (The corpse still) lay like a smashed fly —G. K. Chesterton
  10. Lay motionless, as if felled by an axe —Stefan Zweig
  11. Lifeless as a string of dead fish —G. K. Chesterton
  12. Motionless as a dog thrown into the street —Émile Zola
  13. (Clouds … ) motionless as a ledge of rock —Willa Cather
  14. Motionless as an idol and as grim —John Greenleaf Whittier
  15. (Remained standing in the same place,) motionless as if he were a prisoner —Bertold Brecht
  16. Motionless, in an agony of inertia, like a machine that is without power —D. H. Lawrence
  17. Motionless, like a man in a nightmare —G. K. Chesterton
  18. (This play has) no more action than a snake has hips —Anon
  19. Remained rooted in place like an oak —Charles Johnson
  20. Sat as still as a tree —Speer Morgan
  21. Sat like a marble man —Margaret Millar
  22. Sat … motionless as a drowsing man —Beryl Markham
  23. Sat there like a potted plant —Delmore Schwartz
  24. Sat through it all [revolution] like a slug —Rita Mae Brown
  25. Sits impassive, like Rodin’s Penseur —Frank Swinnerton
  26. (I’d rather) sit still, like the pilot light inside the gas —Saul Bellow
  27. Standing … like a hydrant —Rosellen Brown
  28. Standing there like a glee-club president in granite —Erich Maria Remarque
  29. Standing motionless as if turned to stone —Ivan Turgenev
  30. Standing stock still … like George Segal plaster figures —Paul Kuttner
  31. Standing there rigid as the Venus de Milo —T. Coraghessan Boyle

    In Boyle’s story, The Descent of Man, the character voicing this simile speaks in dialect, using ‘de’ and ‘dere’ instead of ‘there’ and ‘the’ as used here.

  32. Stand motionless as a pillar of the colonial portico of a mansion in a Kentucky prohibition town —O.Henry
  33. Stand motionless … as though trying to make myself blend with the dark wood and become invisible —William Faulkner
  34. Stand perfectly still, like a scarecrow —Walter De La Mare
  35. Stand stone still —William Shakespeare

    The simile from The Life and Death of King John completes this statement: “I will not struggle; I will …”

  36. Statue-like repose —James Aldrich

    The simile from a poem entitled A Death-Bed reads as follows in its full context: “Her suffering ended with the day; yet lived she at its close, and breathed the long, long night away in statue-like repose.”

  37. Still as a child in its first loneliness —Theodore Roethke
  38. Still as a cocoon on a branch —Marge Piercy
  39. Still as a folded bat —Eudora Welty
  40. (Became) still as a hare caught in the light of a torch —R. Wright Campbell
  41. Still as a little hare in the hollow of a furrow —Colette
  42. (Sitting as) still as a lizard on a stone —Mary Stewart
  43. Still as a picture —John Greenleaf Whittier
  44. Still as a pillar —Reynolds Price
  45. Still as a post —Fannie Stearns Gifford

    Other similes to express the same idea are to “Sit still as a fence post” and “To stand like an iron post.”

  46. Still as a snapshot —Anne Sexton
  47. Still as a turtle on a log which is stuck in the mud near some willows —Elizabeth Spencer
  48. Still as bushes —Helen Hudson
  49. (The air was) still as death —MacDonald Harris
  50. (The next morning was cold and clear and) still as held breath —John Yount
  51. (Ray lay) still as ice —Wilbur Daniel Steele
  52. Still as if a block of ice had formed around him —William Mcllvanney
  53. Still as a mummy in a case —Henry James
  54. Still as sleeping princesses —Joyce Cary
  55. Still as the wind’s center —Theodore Roethke
  56. Stood frozen like some sort of Mexican stone idol —Robert Silverberg
  57. Stood still, petrified like the pillar of salt —Victor Hugo
  58. Stood there rooted like a plant —Ellen Glasgow
  59. They seemed [tired soldiers] as if they were of stone, without the strength to smile, or to swear —Boris Pasternak
Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.immobility - remaining in place
lifelessness, motionlessness, stillness - a state of no motion or movement; "the utter motionlessness of a marble statue"
rootage - fixedness by or as if by roots; "strengthened by rootage in the firm soil of faith"
2.immobility - the quality of not moving
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
immotility - lacking an ability to move
inertness - immobility by virtue of being inert
immovability, immovableness - not capable of being moved or rearranged
mobility - the quality of moving freely
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


noun stillness, firmness, steadiness, stability, fixity, inertness, immovability, motionlessness, absence of movement the rigid immobility of his shoulders
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عَدَم الحَرَكَه
kyrrstaîa, hreyfingarleysi


[ˌɪməʊˈbɪlɪtɪ] Ninmovilidad f
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[ˌɪməʊˈbɪlɪti] nimmobilité f
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n (= inability to move) (through injury etc) → Unbeweglichkeit f, → Bewegungslosigkeit f; (through lack of transport) → Immobilität f
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[ˌɪməʊˈbɪlɪtɪ] nimmobilità
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(iˈməubail) adjective
1. not able to move or be moved. His leg was put in plaster and he was immobile for several weeks.
2. not moving; motionless. He crouched there immobile until they had gone.
ˌimmoˈbility (-ˈbi-) noun
imˈmobilize, imˈmobilise (-bi-) verb
to make immobile. He immobilized the car by removing part of the engine.
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n. inmovilidad, sin movimiento.
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References in classic literature ?
Her thin hands were lying on her lap, her facial immobility had in it something monachal.
Her face with the delicate carnation of a rose and downcast eyes was as if veiled in firm immobility and was so appealing that I had an insane impulse to walk round and kiss the forearm on which it was leaning; that strong, well-shaped forearm, gleaming not like marble but with a living and warm splendour.
He listened in a stillness of dread which resembled the immobility of profound attention.
Their spars dwarfed with their loftiness the corrugated-iron sheds, their jibbooms extended far over the shore, their white-and-gold figure-heads, almost dazzling in their purity, overhung the straight, long quay above the mud and dirt of the wharfside, with the busy figures of groups and single men moving to and fro, restless and grimy under their soaring immobility.
"Oh!" she murmured, so low that no one heard her; "Oh, my Phoebus!" Then she fell back once more into her immobility and her marble silence.
Till the Tsar reached it, each regiment in its silence and immobility seemed like a lifeless body, but as soon as he came up it became alive, its thunder joining the roar of the whole line along which he had already passed.
As Tarzan rose upon the body of his kill to scream forth his hideous victory cry into the face of the moon the wind carried to his nostrils something which froze him to statuesque immobility and silence.
They strained to catch some interruption of the silence and immobility of nature.
There was a coldness in her hand, there was an unnatural immobility in her face, there was in all her movements the mute expression of constant fear and clinging self-reproach.
All that had the crude and blended colouring, the appropriateness almost excessive, the suspicious immobility of a painted scene; and it enclosed so perfectly the accomplished acting of his amazing pretences that the rest of the world seemed shut out forever from the gorgeous spectacle.
He started from his immobility, a hand withdrawn brusquely from the pocket of his overcoat, strode up to the woman, seized her by the arm from behind, saying in a rough commanding tone: "Come away, Eliza." In an instant the child saw them close together and remote, near the door, gone through the door, which she neither heard nor saw being opened or shut.
There were many balconies on each building and not a one that did not hold its silent party of richly trapped men and women, with here and there a child or two, but even the children maintained the uniform silence and immobility of their elders.