American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To render immobile.
- v. To fix the position of (a joint or fractured limb), as with a splint or cast.
- v. To impede movement or use of: Severe weather immobilized the rescue team.
- v. Economics To withdraw (specie) from circulation and reserve as security for other money.
- v. Economics To convert (floating capital) into fixed capital.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To render immobile; fix so as to be or become immovable.
- To deprive of the capacity for mobilization.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make immovable; in surgery, to make immovable (a naturally mobile part, as a joint) by the use of splints, or stiffened bandages.
- v. to hold fast or prevent from moving
- v. cause to be unable to move
- v. make defenseless
- v. prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)
- v. convert (assets) into fixed capital
- v. hold as reserve or withdraw from circulation; of capital
- immobile + -ize (Wiktionary)
“In a case that is partially reflective of a recent Canadian court action, Bryan Griffin said he once even had to "immobilize" his arm after it had - of its own volition - tried to down the plane he was flying.”
“immobilize" the panels so that no power is produced.”
“Undo the habits in any way: mess with them; short-circuit, distract, immobilize their predictability; mobilize their strength; and utilize their potential for change.”
“The noodler brings the fish to his or her chest, elbows facing straight out of the body for strength, and wraps his or her legs around the fish's tail to immobilize it.”
“And stay away from silver -- it burns vampire skin and can immobilize you.”
“Stop using the crib immediately and contact the manufacturer, Jardine, at (800) 295-1980 or on their website for a free repair kit that will immobilize the drop side rail.”
“Now, before I get into the dynamics of laziness and happiness, let me be crystal clear about one thing: sometimes clinical conditions, such as severe depression, actually do immobilize people.”
“A wood, a rise of 10 feet, or a 10-yard-wide creek pass without notice, but these simple topographical features were often enough to hide or immobilize an army.”
“You can't let that sad fact immobilize pension policy forever," he said.”
“Wielding lawfare as the Lilliputians wielded their tiny strands to secure and immobilize Gulliver, it is aimed at the very heart of our sovereignty and indeed our freedoms as they seek to remake the world in their image.”
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