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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Mobil(l, Mobile, n.2 [F. mobile (in premier mobile, etc.), L. mōbile, e.m.E. mobile (c 1645).] First, great mobil, representing med.L. primu mobile, the supposed outermost sphere of medieval astronomy. — 1549 Compl. 48/2.
Contrarthe muuyng of the fyrst mobil that ve cal the tent spere
1580 Hume Promine 7.
Goldin Titan … Was … Against the force quhilk daylie had him rent Be the first mobillis weltering violent
1581-1623 James VI Poems I. 123/89.
The heauen, first mobile
Urquhart Jewel (1834) 249.
There be some that [etc.] … , yet seeing the great mobil of the rest, by circumvolving them into a contrary motion, hath retarded their action [etc.]

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