cell phone

or cell·phone

[ sel-fohn ]
/ ˈsɛlˌfoʊn /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. cell inclusion,
  2. cell line,
  3. cell lineage,
  4. cell membrane,
  5. cell pack,
  6. cell plate,
  7. cell sap,
  8. cell theory,
  9. cell wall,
  10. cell-mediated immune response

Also called cel·lu·lar phone, cel·lu·lar tel·e·phone.

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Culture 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.

Note

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

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