Definitions for cellsɛl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a small room, as in a convent or prison.

  2. any of various small compartments or bounded areas forming part of a whole.

  3. a usu. microscopic structure containing nuclear and cytoplasmic material enclosed by a semipermeable membrane and, in plants, a cell wall; the basic structural unit of all organisms.

    Category: Cell Biology

  4. a small group acting as a unit within a larger organization:

    a local cell of a political party.

    Category: Government

  5. a device that converts chemical energy into electricity, usu. consisting of two different kinds of conductors surrounded by an electrolyte; battery.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  6. Ref: Also called electrolytic cell.

  7. a monastery or nunnery, dependent on a larger religious house.

    Category: Religion

  8. one of the areas into which the wing of an insect is divided by the veins.

    Category: Entomology

  9. Category: Botany

    Ref: locule .

  10. one of the separate areas covered by a radio transmitter in a cellular phone system.

Origin of cell:

bef. 1150; ME celle (< OF), OE cell < ML cella monastic cell, L: room; see cella

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. cell(noun)ɛl

    a room in a jail

    ***prisoners in their cells

  2. cellɛl

    the basic unit of living material that can exist alone

    blood cells; cancerous cells

  3. cellɛl

    a cellphone

    ***Call me on my cell.

  4. cellɛl

    a small group within a larger organization

    a local terrorist cell

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


  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.

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

Translations for cell

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a small room (especially in a prison or monastery).

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