- one of the distinct geographical areas covered by a radio transmitter in a cellular phone system.
- cell phone.
verb (used without object)
Origin of cell1
Origin of cel
Related Words for cellgerm, egg, unit, bacterium, chamber, apartment, cage, cubicle, embryo, microorganism, spore, vacuole, corpuscle, follicle, utricle, recess, crib, booth, receptacle, dungeon
Examples from the Web for cell
Contemporary Examples of cell
Joel Osteen wants to talk about muting your cell phone at the dinner table.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
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
December 29, 2014
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
December 27, 2014
In fact, four of 20 cells at Cobalt were found to have bars across the cell to allow this.Inside the CIA’s Sadistic Dungeon
December 9, 2014
Once, when occupying a cell in near a phone, I saw the suicide prevention protocols in action.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
Historical Examples of cell
It seemed a lifetime that he had lived in the noisome atmosphere of a felon's cell.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
While in Newgate he hanged himself to the cell window with his own stockings.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
In the solitude of his cell, the angel of patience had been with him.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Dick withdrew to his own cell, as he called it, and he passed bitter hours there.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
The arched door of the lady's room, or cell, was not quite shut.Little Dorrit
Word Origin for cell
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.
"celluloid sheet for an animated cartoon," from celluloid; became current by c.1990 when they became collectible.
A region of the atmosphere in which air tends to circulate without flowing outward.
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.