I. adjective Etymology: Middle English mobyll, from Anglo-French moble, from Latin mobilis, from movēre to move Date: 15th century 1. capable of moving or being moved ; movable <
a mobile missile launcher
2. a. changeable in appearance, mood, or purpose <
mobile face
b. adaptable, versatile 3. migratory 4. a. characterized by the mixing of social groups b. having the opportunity for or undergoing a shift in status within the hierarchical social levels of a society <
socially mobile workers
5. marked by the use of vehicles for transportation <
mobile warfare
6. of or relating to a mobile 7. cellular 3 <
a mobile phone
mobility noun II. noun Date: 1937 a construction or sculpture frequently of wire and sheet metal shapes with parts that can be set in motion by air currents; also a similar structure (as of paper or plastic) suspended so that it moves in a current of air

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