Mobile River


[moh-beel, moh-beel]
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. Unabridged
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mobile (ˈməʊbaɪl)
1.  having freedom of movement; movable
2.  changing quickly in expression: a mobile face
3.  sociol (of individuals or social groups) moving within and between classes, occupations, and localities: upwardly mobile
4.  (of military forces) able to move freely and quickly to any given area
5.  informal (postpositive) having transport available: are you mobile tonight?
6.  a.  a sculpture suspended in midair with delicately balanced parts that are set in motion by air currents
 b.  Compare stabile (as modifier): mobile sculpture
7.  short for mobile phone
[C15: via Old French from Latin mōbilis, from movēre to move]

Mobile (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)

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., from M.Fr. mobile, from L. mobilis "movable," from movere "to move" (see move). The noun is early 15c. in astronomy; the artistic sense is first recorded 1949 as a shortening of mobile sculpture (1936). Mobile home first recorded 1940.

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."
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Cultural Dictionary

mobile definition

A sculpture made up of suspended shapes that move.

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