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movable

or moveable

[moo-vuh-buh l] /ˈmu və bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being moved; not fixed in one place, position, or posture.
2.
Law.
  1. not permanent in reference to place; capable of being moved without injury.
  2. personal, as distinguished from real.
3.
changing from one date to another in different years:
a movable holiday.
4.
(of type or matrices) able to be rearranged.
noun
5.
an article of furniture that is not fixed in place.
6.
Often, movables. Law. an article of personal property not attached to land.
Origin of movable
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English mevable, movable < Anglo-French movable. See move, -able
Related forms
movability, movableness, noun
movably, adverb
nonmovability, noun
nonmovable, adjective
nonmovableness, noun
nonmovably, adverb
unmovable, adjective
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Examples from the Web for movable
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  • The English armet was rarely furnished with a bavier or movable chin-piece, and the fixed one, called a mentonire, was small.

    Armour in England J. Starkie Gardner
  • But fortune is so variant, and the wheel so movable, there is no constant abiding.

  • The chairs were ancient folding stools, with movable backs and well-worn cushions of faded velvet.

    The Witch of Prague F. Marion Crawford
  • This phenomenon, then, is the movable break of the child-voice.

    The Child-Voice in Singing Francis E. Howard
  • movable panel forms have been successfully employed, but they rarely cheapen the cost much.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
British Dictionary definitions for movable

movable

/ˈmuːvəbəl/
adjective
1.
able to be moved or rearranged; not fixed
2.
(esp of religious festivals such as Easter) varying in date from year to year
3.
(usually speltmoveable) (law) denoting or relating to personal property as opposed to realty
4.
(printing) (of type) cast singly so that each character is on a separate piece of type suitable for composition by hand, as founder's type
noun
5.
(often pl) a movable article, esp a piece of furniture
Derived Forms
movability, movableness, noun
movably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for movable
adj.

also moveable, late 14c., "disposed to movement;" c.1400, "capable of being moved," from Old French movable, from moveir (see move (v.)). A moveable feast (early 15c.) is one in the Church calendar which, though always on the same day of the week, varies its date from year to year. Related: Movability.

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