Meaning of CELL in English


n.1 a small room, esp. in a prison or monastery.

2 a small compartment, e.g. in a honeycomb.

3 a small group as a nucleus of political activity, esp. of a subversive kind.

4 hist. a small monastery or nunnery dependent on a larger one.

5 Biol. a the structural and functional usu. microscopic unit of an organism, consisting of cytoplasm and a nucleus enclosed in a membrane. b an enclosed cavity in an organism etc.

6 Electr. a vessel for containing electrodes within an electrolyte for current-generation or electrolysis.


celled adj. (also in comb.).

Etymology: ME f. OF celle or f. L cella storeroom etc.

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.