Definition of Cell

1. Noun. Any small compartment. "The cells of a honeycomb"

Generic synonyms: Compartment
Derivative terms: Cellular, Cellular

2. 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. Noun. A device that delivers an electric current as the result of a chemical reaction.

4. Noun. A small unit serving as part of or as the nucleus of a larger political movement.
Exact synonyms: Cadre
Specialized synonyms: Sleeper Cell, Radical Cell, Terrorist Cell
Generic synonyms: Political Entity, Political Unit
Group relationships: Political Movement
Derivative terms: Cellular, Cellular

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

6. Noun. Small room in which a monk or nun lives.
Exact synonyms: Cubicle
Group relationships: Convent, Monastery
Generic synonyms: Room
Derivative terms: Cellular

7. Noun. A room where a prisoner is kept.
Exact synonyms: Jail Cell, Prison Cell
Specialized synonyms: Bullpen, Detention Cell, Detention Centre, Cooler, Tank, Dungeon, Guardroom, Hold, Keep, Sweatbox
Group relationships: Cellblock, Ward
Generic synonyms: Room
Derivative terms: Cellular

Definition of Cell

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

2. v. t. To place or inclose in a cell.

Definition of Cell

1. Noun. A single-room dwelling for a hermit. (defdate from 10th c.) ¹

2. Noun. (context: now historical) A small monastery or nunnery dependent on a larger religious establishment. (defdate from 11th c.) ¹

3. Noun. A small room in a monastery or nunnery accommodating one person. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

4. Noun. Each of the small hexagonal compartments in a honeycomb. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

5. Noun. (context: biology now chiefly botany) Any of various chambers in a tissue or organism having specific functions. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

6. Noun. A section or compartment of a larger structure. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

7. Noun. (context: obsolete chiefly literary) Any small dwelling; a remote nook, a den. (defdate 16th-19th c.) ¹

8. Noun. A room in a prison for one or more inmates. (defdate from 18th c.) ¹

9. Noun. A device which stores electrical power; used either singly or together in batteries; the basic unit of a battery. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

10. Noun. (biology) The basic unit of a living organism, consisting of a quantity of protoplasm surrounded by a cell membrane, which is able to synthesize proteins and replicate itself. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

11. Noun. (meteorology) A small thunderstorm, caused by convection, that forms ahead of a storm front. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

12. Noun. (computing) The minimal unit of a cellular automaton that can change state and has an associated behavior. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

13. Noun. A small group of people forming part of a larger organization, often an outlawed one. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

14. Noun. (communication) A short, fixed-length packet as in asynchronous transfer mode. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

15. Noun. (communication) A region of radio reception that is a part of a larger radio network. ¹

16. Noun. (geometry) A three-dimensional facet of a polytope. ¹

17. Noun. (statistics) The unit in a statistical array (a spreadsheet, for example) where a row and a column intersect. ¹

18. Noun. (US informal) A cellular phone. ¹

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Definition of Cell

1. to store in a honeycomb [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Cell

1. An autonomous self replicating unit (in principle) that may constitute an organism (in the case of unicellular organisms) or be a sub unit of multicellular organisms in which individual cells may be more or less specialised differentiated) for particular functions. The individual units from which tissues of the body are formed. All living organisms are composed of one or more cells. (26 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cell

celiotomy incision
cell (current term)
cell-adhesion molecule
cell-adhesion molecules
cell-bound antibody
cell-free extract
cell-free protein synthesis
cell-free system
cell-mediated immune response
cell-mediated immunity
cell-mediated reaction
cell adhesion

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