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Definition of 'cell'


  1. any small compartment; "the cells of a honeycomb"
  2. (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. a device that delivers an electric current as the result of a chemical reaction
       Synonyms: electric cell
  4. a small unit serving as part of or as the nucleus of a larger political movement
       Synonyms: cadre
  5. a hand-held mobile radiotelephone for use in an area divided into small sections, each with its own short-range transmitter/receiver
       Synonyms: cellular telephone cellular phone cellphone mobile phone
  6. small room is which a monk or nun lives
       Synonyms: cubicle
  7. a room where a prisoner is kept
       Synonyms: jail cell prison cell

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