- one of the distinct geographical areas covered by a radio transmitter in a cellular phone system.
- cell phone.
verb (used without object)
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Examples from the Web for cell
Joel Osteen wants to talk about muting your cell phone at the dinner table.
At that point, the Library of Congress can once again decide to prohibit consumers from unlocking their cell phones.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive|Ben Jacobs|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Earlier this year, security at major airports was tightened because of a tip that al-Asiri had been working on a cell phone bomb.A Gift to the Jihadis: The Unseen Airport Security Threat|Clive Irving|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In fact, four of 20 cells at Cobalt were found to have bars across the cell to allow this.
Once, when occupying a cell in near a phone, I saw the suicide prevention protocols in action.
The door of the cell was here softly opened, a head showed itself, and immediately disappeared.The Hour and the Man|Harriet Martineau
In one prison he found a cell so narrow and noisome that the poor wretch who inhabited it begged as a mercy for hanging.History of the English People, Volume VIII (of 8)|John Richard Green
Of Bonhag, who came to close the cell door, he asked whether it was going to rain, it looked so dark in the hall.The Financier|Theodore Dreiser
The gaoler observed, that he always found him thus employed when he was left alone in the cell.An account of the Death of Philip Jolin|Francis Cunningham
A short-handled broom is also found in one corner of the cell, with which the convict brushes it out every morning.The Twin Hells|John N. Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for cell (1 of 3)
Word Origin for cell
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Word Origin and History for cell (1 of 2)
early 12c., "small monastery, subordinate monastery" (from Medieval Latin in this sense), later "small room for a monk or a nun in a monastic establishment; a hermit's dwelling" (c.1300), from Latin cella "small room, store room, hut," related to Latin celare "to hide, conceal."
The Latin word represents PIE root *kel- "conceal" (cf. Sanskrit cala "hut, house, hall;" Greek kalia "hut, nest," kalyptein "to cover," koleon "sheath," kelyphos "shell, husk;" Latin clam "secret;" Old Irish cuile "cellar," celim "hide," Middle Irish cul "defense, shelter;" Gothic hulistr "covering," Old English heolstor "lurking-hole, cave, covering," Gothic huljan "cover over," hulundi "hole," hilms "helmet," halja "hell," Old English hol "cave," holu "husk, pod").
Sense of monastic rooms extended to prison rooms (1722). Used in 14c., figuratively, of brain "compartments;" used in biology by 17c. of various cavities (e.g. wood structure, segments of fruit, bee combs), gradually focusing to the modern sense of "basic structure of living organisms" (which OED dates to 1845).
Electric battery sense is from 1828, based on original form. Meaning "small group of people working within a larger organization" is from 1925. Cell body is from 1851; cell division from 1846; cell membrane from 1837 (but cellular membrane is 1732); cell wall from 1842.
Word Origin and History for cell (1 of 2)
"celluloid sheet for an animated cartoon," from celluloid; became current by c.1990 when they became collectible.
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Culture definitions for cell (1 of 3)
A region of the atmosphere in which air tends to circulate without flowing outward.
Culture definitions for cell (2 of 3)
The basic unit of all living things except viruses. In advanced organisms, cells consist of a nucleus (which contains genetic material), cytoplasm, and organelles, all of which are surrounded by a cell membrane.
Culture definitions for cell (3 of 3)
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.