• WordNet 3.6
    • adj movable capable of being moved or conveyed from one place to another
    • adj movable (of personal property as opposed to real estate) can be moved from place to place (especially carried by hand)
    • n movable personal as opposed to real property; any tangible movable property (furniture or domestic animals or a car etc)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Movable An article of wares or goods; a commodity; a piece of property not fixed, or not a part of real estate; generally, in the plural, goods; wares; furniture. "Furnished with the most rich and princely movables ."
    • Movable Capable of being moved, lifted, carried, drawn, turned, or conveyed, or in any way made to change place or posture; susceptible of motion; not fixed or stationary; as, a movable steam engine.
    • Movable Changing from one time to another; as, movable feasts, i. e., church festivals, the date of which varies from year to year.
    • Movable (Rom. Law) Property not attached to the soil.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • movable Capable of being moved from place to place; admitting of being lifted, carried, drawn, turned, or conveyed, or in any way made to change place or posture; susceptible of motion; hence, as applied to property, personal.
    • movable Capable of being transposed or otherwise changed in parts or details: as, in printing, a form of movable type.
    • movable Changing from one date to another in different years: as, a movable feast.
    • movable Fickle; inconstant.
    • n movable Anything that can be moved, or that can readily be moved.
    • n movable Specifically (generally in the plural), personal property; any species of property not fixed, and thus distinguished from houses and lands. Movable things are those which could be removed or displaced without affecting their substance, whether the displacement, might be effected by their own proper force or by the effect of a force external to them. Goudsmit. In Scots law, movables are opposed to heritage; so that every species of property, and every right a person can hold, is by that law either heritable or movable.
    • n movable An article of furniture, as a chair, table, or the like, resting on the floor of a room.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Movable mōōv′a-bl that may be moved, lifted, changed, &c.: not fixed: changing from one time to another
    • n Movable an article of furniture
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  • Ernest Hemingway
    “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.”
  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. movable,. See Move


In literature:

The legs held a movable cradle in which the rocket racks were placed.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin
They are movable, allowing rearrangement or extension into two or more volumes, as may be desired at any future time.
"Stamp Collecting as a Pastime" by Edward J. Nankivell
And the third, to preserve the property, movable and immovable, of all the people committed to his charge.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
There is no duty on bequests or inheritance in land, while there is such a duty, and a very heavy one, in movable succession.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCLXXVI. February, 1847. Vol. LXI." by Various
Upon the whole, the best thing the humbler classes can do with small savings, is to let them accumulate as movable capital.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 433" by Various
Accordingly he came back full of notes; he had studied Carolus chiefly in respect of movables and worldly goods.
"Bohemians of the Latin Quarter" by Henry Murger
It is often fragile, loose and torn, and sometimes is movable on the stem.
"Among the Mushrooms" by Ellen M. Dallas and Caroline A. Burgin
Tents with floors and movable stoves.
"Suzanna Stirs the Fire" by Emily Calvin Blake
Money I had none, and what I then wore comprised my whole stock of movables.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
Those near the coast crossed with their families and movable effects to Gaul.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
They had movable tops and counters, and their shelves were stocked with hundreds of varieties of books.
"The Story of Cooperstown" by Ralph Birdsall
Thereafter I made myself a severe promise not to worry any more about my Hog qualifications when movable or immovable on an open-face car.
"Skiddoo!" by Hugh McHugh
The movable bridge in its closed position must be proportioned like a fixed bridge, but it has also other conditions to fulfil.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
The instrument now on sale contains six movable disks.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
He slid aside a movable panel covered with paper at the side of the projecting fireplace and revealed a door.
"Cad Metti, The Female Detective Strategist" by Harlan Page Halsey
Thieves, or others, had long since accounted for all movables.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
The top is closed by a movable trap C and C, called the cone, and through this the materials to be used are introduced.
"An Elementary Study of Chemistry" by William McPherson
Each ear was independently and instantly movable in any direction, to catch the faintest sound.
"Spacehounds of IPC" by Edward Elmer Smith
But to our strength, even the hugest of the rocks was movable.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
The gill cover is movable, and the spines of the ventral fins very sharp.
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler

In poetry:

And scanning the scene with a stern indecision,
He spread his dark wings, with intuitive cries,
And sped, till acute and inquisitive vision
Discerned but a movable speck in the skies.
"Suggested" by Alfred Castner King

In news:

It looks like open space, but behind movable walls, this tiny apartment holds surprises.
Movable music on
Movable feast rolls into St Charles park.
Movable mural, sunflower garden brighten Carnegie.
Life's Movable Feast Headed for the Coast.
The Lightline movable wall from KI is a pre-engineered, unitized glass wall solution that unifies architecture and office furniture.
Movable Type has a plugin called Post Office (now maintained on Github by Endevver) which is a cool email-to-blog (moblogging) Perl-based plugin.
Formula 1 drivers have been banned from using the new movable rear wing when track conditions are wet in practice and qualifying.
As we are hosting the Manga Movable Feast this month taking a look at kids manga, we all thought this was a great time to share the joys and difficulties of reviewing manga for kids.
Local bars are starting to promote Weedwacker — the first in Saint Arnold's Movable Yeast series.
The sanctuary stage is constructed of movable patforms for flexibility with a 75' scrim back wall for projections.
College's Movable Fest will spotlight Paul Newman .
Lonely and unused, it was purchased by the Neptune Foundation, a not-for-profit that constructs movable waterfront pools for recreationally underserved communities.
But PostOffice did have some cool features and it directly integrated into the Movable Type platform, so it is multi-user friendly.
Movable Type has a plugin called Post Office (now maintained on Github by Endevver) which is a cool email-to-blog (moblogging) Perl-based plugin.

In science:

Let |M | be the movable part of |D|, where M is a subcurve of D.
Lattice Zariski k-ples of plane sextic curves and Z-splitting curves for double plane sextics
This is an instance of the second order ordinary differential equation with Painlev´e property (i.e., all movable singularities are poles) defining the Painlev´e transcendents of the second kind.
Strongly nonlinear dynamics of electrolytes in large ac voltages
Data were collected for both detector configurations under an incident beam angle of 90 degrees to the detector planes (default configuration, zero rotation) and in inclined positions of 80, 70 and 60 degrees, making use of the movable stage support hosting the ECAL and HCAL detectors.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee
The ECAL test module was mounted on a movable stage, allowing it to be moved with 0.1 mm accuracy in the plane transverse to the beamline.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee
Dickman R, Araujo Jr F F and ben-Avraham D, Variable survival exponents in history-dependent random walks: Hard movable reflector, 2003 Braz. J.
On a random walk with memory and its relation to Markovian processes
The HBU is enclosed into a light-tight aluminum cassette and is mounted on top of a movable stage in order to be able to scan all channels.
Realization and Test of the Engineering Prototype of the CALICE Tile Hadron Calorimeter
The whole setup is mounted on a movable stage in order to be able to scan all channels.
Realization and Test of the Engineering Prototype of the CALICE Tile Hadron Calorimeter
The emission of electrons should be spatially very well confined (point-like), and the spot should be movable across the full extension of the magnetic flux tube to test the transmission condition for individual pixels of the multi-pixel detector.
Prototype of an angular-selective photoelectron calibration source for the KATRIN experiment
These devices were placed on movable platforms.
Beam test of signal cross-talk and transmission for LMPRC
Decreasing the scale of the experiment is usually represented by decreasing the mass m of the movable mirror and the distance L between the mirrors, which approximately compensate each others contribution into P .
Stable double-resonance optical spring in laser gravitational-wave detectors
Of these 50 equations, six in particular required extremely elaborate proofs[20, page 424] to show that their solutions had no movable critical points.
The Exact General Solution of Painlev\'e's Sixth Equation (PVI) and The Exact General Solution of the Navier Stokes Equations with Applications to Boundary Layer Problems
In order to evaluate the homogeneity of our detector response we equipped the bench with a movable structure with two arms on which we fixed the scintillators.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee, April 2011
The cassette was placed on a movable stage with X and Y movement.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee, April 2011
We start with a short section on the movable cone, because the difference between the movable cone and the “complete intersection cone” is very important in the framework of generic nefness.
Generically nef vector bundles and geometric applications
We also give an example where the movable cone and the complete intersection cone differ (worked out with J.P.
Generically nef vector bundles and geometric applications