variants or less commonly cell
: a transparent sheet of celluloid on which objects are drawn or painted in the making of animated cartoons

Examples of cel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cel is about 6 inches by 8 inches. Jerry Dobesh | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 6 Feb. 2023 Those launches, taking place over the next few years, are slated to include a medicine called Exa-cel to treat sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia as well as another drug for acute pain., 23 Feb. 2023 This month’s submissions range from family photographs printed with egg albumen to an original Disney production cel from 1960s television. Jerry Dobesh | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 6 Feb. 2023 That therapy could potentially replace Mylotarg when paired with its edited bone marrow transplant — a treatment Vor calls trem-cel. Ryan Cross,, 7 Dec. 2022 The company eventually changed its name to Rankin/Bass, and its work toggled between stop-motion and traditional cel animation. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 28 Oct. 2022 The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, a Boston drug pricing watchdog, recently said that beti-cel could be considered cost-effective in that price range. Globe Staff,, 19 June 2022 After drying, the cel was then turned over for painters to paint the characters within those lines, to get them as opaque as possible. Gia Yetikyel, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 June 2021 Last year, as the bitcoin and wider crypto market went into meltdown following China's expulsion of crypto miners and traders, the cel price remained stable. Billy Bambrough, Forbes, 16 May 2022 See More

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Word History


short for celluloid

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cel was in 1933

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“Cel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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