Cell - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |sel|  American pronunciation of the word cell
Brit.  |sel|  British pronunciation of the word cell


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


The suspect was in the police station's holding cell overnight.

...his mission was to locate and infiltrate the terrorist cell that was believed to be hiding in the city...

The house was once a cell to the abbey.

Embryos grow by cell division (=the splitting of cells).

He spent a night in the cells at the local police station.

Call me on my cell if you're running late.

B cell

I don't know where she is. Try calling her on her cell phone.

The cell phone is thin and light and therefore very convenient to carry around.

Can you help me program my cell phone?

It is important to recall that not very long ago cell phones did not exist.

The audience was reminded to turn their cell phones off in the theater.

The use of cell phones is banned in the restaurant.

The diagram illustrates the complexity of the cell's structure.

the increasing popularity of cell phones

Word forms

singular: cell
plural: cells
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