- a wireless telephone using a system of low-powered radio transmitters, with each transmitter covering a distinct geographical area (cell), and computer equipment to switch a call from one area to another, thus enabling broad-scale portable phone service.
- such a wireless telephone that has other functions, as text messaging or Internet access.
- mobile phone.
Examples from the Web for cellphone
At the moment when the remaining gunmen were distracted by a cellphone call, the five survivors bolted into the darkness.Mexico’s First Lady of Murder Is on the Lam
October 29, 2014
He had reached her on her cellphone, and she had told him she was just late to class.How ISIS’s Colorado Girls Were Caught
October 22, 2014
He subsequently told her that the cellphone used to film the scene had been lost in battle.ISIS Has a Bigger Coalition Than We Do
October 15, 2014
SURUÇ, Turkey—He gazes at the photograph of his daughter Evan on his cellphone as he offers to let me look.Kobani Still Stands Against ISIS and All Odds. But for How Long?
October 12, 2014
Clinton, meanwhile, spent several minutes greeting audience members along the rope line and posing for cellphone selfies.Hillary Clinton Basks in Labor’s Love: ‘This Is Like a Homecoming!’
September 16, 2014
Then her computer rang—the net-phone she forwarded her cellphone to when her computer was live and connected.
Without waiting for an answer, he turned on his heel and stepped behind the fire-engine, reaching for his cellphone.
- a portable telephone operated by cellular radioIn full: cellular telephone
Word Origin and History for cellphone
also cell phone, 1984, short for cellular phone.
A portable telephone that uses wireless cellular technology to send and receive phone signals. This technology works by dividing the Earth into small regions called cells. Within each cell the wireless telephone signal goes over its assigned bandwidth to a cell tower, which relays the signal to a telephone switching network, connecting the user to the desired party.