cell phone

or cell路phone

[ sel-fohn ]
/ 藞s蓻l藢fo蕣n /
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noun Telecommunications.
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.


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Also called cel路lu路lar phone [sel-yuh-ler fohn], /藞s蓻l y蓹 l蓹r 藞fo蕣n/, cel路lu路lar tel路e路phone [sel-yuh-ler tel-uh-fohn] /藞s蓻l y蓹 l蓹r 藞t蓻l 蓹藢fo蕣n/ .

Origin of cell phone

First recorded in 1980鈥85; cell(ular) + phone1
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British Dictionary definitions for cell phone

/ (藞s蓻l藢f蓹蕣n) /

a portable telephone operated by cellular radioIn full: cellular telephone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for cell phone

cell 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.

notes for cell phone

The proximity to a cell tower is often the key to good reception when using a cell phone.
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