What does cell mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cell(noun)

    any small compartment

    "the cells of a honeycomb"

  2. cell(noun)

    (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

  3. cell, electric cell(noun)

    a device that delivers an electric current as the result of a chemical reaction

  4. cell, cadre(noun)

    a small unit serving as part of or as the nucleus of a larger political movement

  5. cellular telephone, cellular phone, cellphone, cell, mobile phone(noun)

    a hand-held mobile radiotelephone for use in an area divided into small sections, each with its own short-range transmitter/receiver

  6. cell, cubicle(noun)

    small room in which a monk or nun lives

  7. cell, jail cell, prison cell(noun)

    a room where a prisoner is kept

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cell(noun)

    a very small and close apartment, as in a prison or in a monastery or convent; the hut of a hermit

  2. Cell(noun)

    a small religious house attached to a monastery or convent

  3. Cell(noun)

    any small cavity, or hollow place

  4. Cell(noun)

    the space between the ribs of a vaulted roof

  5. Cell(noun)

    same as Cella

  6. Cell(noun)

    a jar of vessel, or a division of a compound vessel, for holding the exciting fluid of a battery

  7. Cell(noun)

    one of the minute elementary structures, of which the greater part of the various tissues and organs of animals and plants are composed

  8. Cell(verb)

    to place or inclose in a cell

  9. Origin: [OF. celle, fr. L. cella; akin to celare to hide, and E. hell, helm, conceal. Cf. Hall.]


  1. Cell

    The cell is the basic structural, functional and biological unit of all known living organisms. It is the smallest unit of life that is classified as a living thing, and is often called the "building block of life". It consists of a protoplasm enclosed within a membrane, which contains many biomolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids. Organisms can be classified as unicellular or multicellular. While the number of cells in plants and animals varies from species to species, Humans contain about 100 trillion cells. Most plant and animal cells are between 1 and 100 micrometres and therefore are visible only under the microscope. The cell was discovered by Robert Hooke in 1665. The cell theory, first developed in 1839 by Matthias Jakob Schleiden and Theodor Schwann, states that all organisms are composed of one or more cells, that all cells come from preexisting cells, that vital functions of an organism occur within cells, and that all cells contain the hereditary information necessary for regulating cell functions and for transmitting information to the next generation of cells. Cells emerged on planet Earth at least 4.0–4.3 billion years ago.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cell

    sel, n. a small room in a prison, monastery, &c.: a cave: a small shut cavity: the grave: a unit-mass of living matter, whether rounded off by itself, as in the simplest plants or animals, and in the youngest stage of all organisms, or associated with other cells to form a higher unity.—adjs. Celled, having cells, cellular; Cellif′erous, having or producing cells; Cell′ular, Cell′ulated, consisting of or containing cells.—n. Cell′ule, a little cell.—adj. Cellulif′erous, having or producing little cells.—n. Cell′uloid, a hard elastic compound used for ivory, obtained by hydraulic pressure from pyroxylin, mixed with camphor, &c.—adj. Cell′ulose, containing cells.—n. the substance of which the permanent cell-membranes of plants are composed. [O. Fr. celle—L. cella, conn. with celāre, to cover.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. cell

    A subordinate organization formed around a specific process, capability, or activity within a designated larger organization of a joint force commander

Editors Contribution

  1. cell

    A cell is the smallest unit in living things that can carry the basic prosses in live.

    A blood cell.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cell' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1857

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cell' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2984

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cell' in Nouns Frequency: #324


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cell in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cell in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ruth Nanda Anshen:

    Even as the cell is the unit of the organic body, so the family is the unit of society.

  2. Clarence Darrow:

    We know life is futile. A man who considers that his life is of very wonderful importance is awfully close to a padded cell.

  3. Norman Mailer:

    In America all too few blows are struck into flesh. We kill the spirit here, we are experts at that. We use psychic bullets and kill each other cell by cell.

  4. Aimee Eyvazzadeh:

    They've said they've discovered this precursor cell in humans and this cell can somehow mature into healthy, young fertilizable eggs? Well, that's awesome, let me at that cell!

  5. John Flannery:

    We want to double down on life sciences, and especially so in the cell therapy business, this more than doubles our capability right now in cell therapy and we think we can easily have a $1 billion-plus business in cell therapy in the next 10 years.

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