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sleeper cell

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  1. sleeper cellnoun

    a cell of sleepers

    "an al-Qaeda sleeper cell may have used Arizona as its base"


  1. sleeper cellnoun

    A group of people (sleepers) who remain dormant in a community until activated, by a prearranged signal, to perform acts of espionage, sabotage, or terrorism.


  1. sleeper cell

    A clandestine cell system is a method for organizing a group of people (such as resistance fighters, sleeper agents, mobsters, or terrorists) so that such people can more effectively resist penetration by an opposing organization (such as law enforcement or military units). In a cell structure, each of the small groups of people in the cell know the identities of the people only in their own cell. Thus any cell member who is apprehended and interrogated (or who is a mole) will not likely know the identities of the higher-ranking individuals in the organization. The structure of a clandestine cell system can range from a strict hierarchy to an extremely distributed organization, depending on the group's ideology, its operational area, the communications technologies available, and the nature of the mission. Criminal organizations, undercover operations, and unconventional warfare units led by special forces may also use this sort of organizational structure.


  1. sleeper cell

    A sleeper cell is a covert group of individuals who remain undercover within a larger community or organization until they are activated by a prearranged signal to carry out specific activities such as espionage, sabotage, or terrorism. These individuals typically lead ordinary lives and blend in with society to avoid drawing attention or suspicion.

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  1. sleeper cell

    People who remain unnoticed or unrecognized their potential by others

    There are some sleeper cell politicians in every party

    Submitted by anonymous on January 9, 2018  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sleeper cell in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sleeper cell in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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