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cell phone

or cellphone

[sel-fohn] /ˈsɛlˌfoʊn/
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.
Also called cellular phone, cellular telephone. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then her computer rang—the net-phone she forwarded her cellphone to when her computer was live and connected.


    Cory Doctorow
  • Without waiting for an answer, he turned on his heel and stepped behind the fire-engine, reaching for his cellphone.


    Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for cellphone


a portable telephone operated by cellular radio In full cellular telephone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cellphone

also cell phone, 1984, short for cellular phone.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cellphone in Culture
cell phone (cellular telephone)

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.

Note: The proximity to a cell tower is often the key to good reception when using a cell phone.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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