- cellW1 [sel] n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(body)¦2¦(prison)¦3¦(phone)¦4¦(electric)¦5¦(secret group)¦6¦(religious)¦7¦(insect/small animal)¦▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[Date: 1100-1200; : Old French; Origin: celle, from Latin cella 'small room']1.) ¦(BODY)¦the smallest part of a living thing that can exist independentlyblood/brain/nerve cell▪ red blood cells▪ cancer cells▪ Embryos grow by cell division (=the splitting of cells) .2.) ¦(PRISON)¦a small room in a prison or police station where prisoners are kept▪ He spent a night in the cells at the local police station.▪ the walls of his prison cell3.) ¦(PHONE)¦AmE a ↑cellular phone ; a telephone that you can carry around with you, that works by using a network of radio stations to pass on signalsBritish Equivalent: mobile▪ Call me on my cell if you're running late.4.) ¦(ELECTRIC)¦a piece of equipment for producing electricity from chemicals, heat, or light▪ a car powered by electric fuel cells5.) ¦(SECRET GROUP)¦a small group of people who are working secretly as part of a larger political organization▪ a terrorist cell6.) ¦(RELIGIOUS)¦7.) ¦(INSECT/SMALL ANIMAL)¦a small space that an insect or other small creature has made to live in or use▪ the cells of a honeycomb
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.