Meaning of CELL in English

■ noun

1》 a small room in which a prisoner is locked up or in which a monk or nun sleeps.

↘ historical a small monastery dependent on a larger one.

2》 a small compartment in a larger structure such as a honeycombining

3》 Biology the smallest structural and functional unit of an organism, consisting of cytoplasm and a nucleus enclosed in a membrane.

4》 a small group forming a nucleus of political activity: terrorist ~s.

5》 a device containing electrodes immersed in an electrolyte, used for current generation or electrolysis.

↘a unit in a device for converting chemical energy or light into electricity.

6》 the local area covered by one of the short-range transmitters in a ~ular telephone system.


-~ed adjective


OE, from OFr. ~e or L. ~a 'storeroom or chamber'.

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