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1 any small compartment; "the cells of a honeycomb"
2 (biology) the basic structural and functional unit of all organisms; cells may exist as independent units of life (as in monads) or may form colonies or tissues as in higher plants and animals
3 a device that delivers an electric current as the result of a chemical reaction [syn: electric cell]
4 a small unit serving as part of or as the nucleus of a larger political movement [syn: cadre]
5 a hand-held mobile radiotelephone for use in an area divided into small sections (cells), each with its own short-range transmitter/receiver [syn: cellular telephone, cellular phone, cellphone, mobile phone]
6 small room is which a monk or nun lives [syn: cubicle]
7 a room where a prisoner is kept [syn: jail cell, prison cell]

User Contributed Dictionary



From cella.


  • /sɛl/, /sEl/



  1. A component of an electrical battery.
    This MP3 player runs on 2 AAA cells.
  2. A room in a prison for containing inmates.
    The combatants spent the night in separate cells.
  3. A room in a monastery for sleeping one person.
    Gregor Mendel must have spent a good amount of time outside of his cell.
  4. A small group of people forming part of a larger organization.
    Those three fellows are the local cell of that organization.
  5. A small thunderstorm, caused by convection, that forms ahead of a storm front.
    There is a powerful storm cell headed our way.
  6. The basic unit of a living organism, surrounded by a cell membrane.
    There is a virtual zoo of single cell organisms living in your mouth.
  7. An cavity in a structure such as a honeycomb or ovary.
    The bee filled the cell with honey.
  1. The minimal unit of a cellular automaton that can change state and has an associated behavior.
    The upper right cell always starts with the color green.
  2. A short, fixed-length packet as in asynchronous transfer mode.
    Virtual Channel number 5 received 170 cells.
  3. A region of radio reception that is a part of a larger radio network.
    I get good reception in my home because it is near a cell tower.
  4. In the context of "US|informal}} A cellular phone.

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See also

cell in Welsh: Cell
cell in Danish: Celle
cell in German: Zelle
cell in Spanish: Célula (desambiguación)
cell in Esperanto: Ĉelo
cell in French: Cellule
cell in Korean: 셀
cell in Italian: Cell
cell in Dutch: Cel
cell in Japanese: セル
cell in Norwegian: Celle (andre betydninger)
cell in Polish: Komórka (ujednoznacznienie)
cell in Portuguese: Célula (desambiguação)
cell in Romanian: Celulă (dezambiguizare)
cell in Russian: Клетка (значения)
cell in Simple English: Cell (disambiguation)
cell in Slovak: Bunka (rozlišovacia stránka)
cell in Serbian: Ћелија
cell in Sundanese: Sél
cell in Finnish: Cell
cell in Swedish: Cell (olika betydelser)
cell in Thai: เซลล์
cell in Ukrainian: Клітина

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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