- 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
Examples from the Web for cells
Contemporary Examples of cells
The cells are austere—essentially hardened trailers—that cost about $40,000 each to build.9/11 Mastermind Is Afraid of the Ladies
December 16, 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
African-Americans, wrote Mailer, “known down to the cells of [their] existence that life is war, nothing but war.”The FBI’s Bogus ISIS Bust
November 21, 2014
The cells that hold its 49 inmates for 22 hours a day were a few feet bigger, and no one shares.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
November 10, 2014
Those with the disease have some cells that are genetically normal and some with the mutation.The True Story of ‘The Elephant Man’
November 3, 2014
Historical Examples of cells
The surface is porous; the cells are distant and arranged irregularly, and seem as if composed of sand cemented with mud.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
Ellis, writing in 1765, supposes that they were the orifices of the cells occupied by the polypi.The Ocean World:
The cells of its own generation that were crowded in the other direction made part of an annual layer of bark.Trees Worth Knowing
Julia Ellen Rogers
It has been stated that they are more or less specific in their action on cells.The Fundamentals of Bacteriology
Charles Bradfield Morrey
This structure consists of a non-vascularized network of fibres, in the meshes of which cells are imbedded.
Word Origin for cell
"celluloid sheet for an animated cartoon," from celluloid; became current by c.1990 when they became collectible.
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.
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.