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immobile

[ih-moh-buh l, -beel] /ɪˈmoʊ bəl, -bil/
adjective
1.
incapable of moving or being moved.
2.
not mobile or moving; motionless.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Latin immōbilis. See im-2, mobile
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  • It is essential that an installed toilet remains fixed and immobile.
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  • We have an immobile government that is desperately overcommitted in all the wrong ways.
  • Conjuring images of hopelessly immobile trees desperately trying to achieve take-off.
  • immobile photovoltaic shingles may not produce maximum electricity during the winter months unless they face south.
  • People are immobile blobs of overindulgence, but the ugly reality is deftly delivered as comedy.
  • Bad knees and bad hips have made him almost immobile.
  • He sat upright in a wheelchair, his head held immobile in a brace to protect it from spasms.
  • During the day the sharks can be found resting, almost immobile, in the reef's many caverns and amphitheaters.
British Dictionary definitions for immobile

immobile

/ɪˈməʊbaɪl/
adjective
1.
not moving; motionless
2.
not able to move or be moved; fixed
Derived Forms
immobility (ˌɪməʊˈbɪlɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for immobile
adj.

mid-14c., from Old French immoble "immovable, fixed, motionless," from Latin immobilis "immovable" (also, figuratively, "hard-hearted"), from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + mobilis (see mobile (adj.)). Hence, immobilism "policy of extreme conservatism" (1949, from French immobilisme).

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immobile in Medicine

immobile im·mo·bile (ĭ-mō'bəl, -bēl', -bīl')
adj.

  1. Immovable; fixed.

  2. Not moving; motionless.


im'mo·bil'i·ty (-bĭl'-ĭ-tē) n.
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