cell


cell
cell
W1 [sel] n
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1¦(body)¦
2¦(prison)¦
3¦(phone)¦
4¦(electric)¦
5¦(secret group)¦
6¦(religious)¦
7¦(insect/small animal)¦
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[Date: 1100-1200; : Old French; Origin: celle, from Latin cella 'small room']
1.) ¦(BODY)¦
the smallest part of a living thing that can exist independently
blood/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 cell
3.) ¦(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 signals
British 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 cells
5.) ¦(SECRET GROUP)¦
a small group of people who are working secretly as part of a larger political organization
a terrorist cell
6.) ¦(RELIGIOUS)¦
a small room in a ↑monastery or ↑convent where someone sleeps
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.

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