\ ˈsel How to pronounce cel (audio) \
variants: or less commonly cell

Definition of cel

: 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 Mixing media and employing all manner of animation techniques from cel drawings to step printing of his own hands working with the raw materials of the film itself, Lei has fashioned an eye-catching picture of China during these dark times. Richard Kuipers, Variety, 4 Feb. 2022 The Japanese giant contends that the best approach to carbon neutrality is with a mix of BEVs, conventional and plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel-cel vehicles. Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News, 17 Nov. 2021 The powder, or toner, never clung perfectly, and sometimes flaked off of the lines a bit, due to the slickness of the cel. Gia Yetikyel, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 June 2021 Walt’s own Mickey Mouse — in the top-cel gallery of Disney vocalizations. . . . Washington Post, 27 May 2021 Toward that goal, a CAR-T therapy called cilta-cel from Johnson & Johnson was more effective and better tolerated when used to treat patients with less advanced multiple myeloma, according to preliminary study results released Wednesday. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, 23 May 2021 Computer animation encompasses a range from the flatter, cel-shaded style to the more photo-realistic kind. Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2021 But not all data points are flashing red: The FDA granted liso-cel what is known as priority review status earlier this year, which is typically a good sign. Charley Grant, WSJ, 20 Sep. 2020 On the other hand, the studio’s Ink and Paint Department—where the animators’ character drawings were painstakingly copied onto clear plastic sheets, or cels, then colored in—was made up almost entirely of women. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 28 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of cel

1933, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cel

short for celluloid

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“Cel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cel. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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