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[moo-vuh-buh l] /ˈmu və bəl/
capable of being moved; not fixed in one place, position, or posture.
  1. not permanent in reference to place; capable of being moved without injury.
  2. personal, as distinguished from real.
changing from one date to another in different years:
a movable holiday.
(of type or matrices) able to be rearranged.
an article of furniture that is not fixed in place.
Often, movables. Law. an article of personal property not attached to land.
Also, moveable.
Origin of movable
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for movable
  • Being in a dual-career couple may make you less movable, but it doesn't mean you will never have any opportunities to move.
  • It is the only web page that describes the use of movable wooden ramps.
  • It is a vast country of movable sands, sterile, bleak and inhospitable.
  • The first telegraph was mechanical: a tower with movable arms whose positions could be read from afar with a telescope.
  • He unlocked the door to his workshop, revealing a large rectangular table with a movable microscope and a high-powered lamp.
  • In the past the only access to this monastery was a small movable wooden bridge.
  • On the back of the hand and fingers the subcutaneous tissue is lax, so that the skin is freely movable on the underlying parts.
  • Two movable iron cheeks or plates, still used in cooking-stoves to enlarge or contract the grate at pleasure.
  • Occasionally a movable rib is developed in connection with the first lumbar vertebra.
  • For by spirits they mean always things that, being incorporeal, are nevertheless movable from one place to another.
British Dictionary definitions for movable


able to be moved or rearranged; not fixed
(esp of religious festivals such as Easter) varying in date from year to year
(usually speltmoveable) (law) denoting or relating to personal property as opposed to realty
(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
(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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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