\ 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

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The cel shading is crisp, the lines are as expressive as the original material, and in some ways the overall presentation is cleaner and nicer looking than the anime. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 Legions of inkers and painters (all of whom were women, by the way) painstakingly finished each cel by hand and prepared them to be photographed. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Walt Disney Studios: Take a tour of the working lot," 25 Sep. 2017 Called axi-cel, the Kite medicine stems from a yearslong scientific collaboration with the NCI, underscoring the government agency’s central role in developing immunotherapies. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "Immunotherapy Treatments for Cancer Gain Momentum," 12 Oct. 2017 The Sterns' cels are being conserved in California, Costa said, but photographs of them are on view at the home. Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "1935: The seeds are planted for Longue Vue House and Gardens," 18 Oct. 2017 Kite’s main treatment, axi-cel, is on the scientific vanguard of drugs that use the body’s immune system to fight cancer, known as cell therapy. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Gilead Has Earned the Benefit of the Doubt," 28 Aug. 2017 The Sterns collected cels, which are individual scenes from animated movies. Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "1935: The seeds are planted for Longue Vue House and Gardens," 18 Oct. 2017 Before it was approved and named Yescarta, Kite’s treatment was known by other names: axi-cel, axicabtagene ciloleucel, or KTE-C19. Denise Grady, New York Times, "F.D.A. Approves Second Gene-Altering Treatment for Cancer," 18 Oct. 2017 And the devastation is depicted with cinematic beauty by the art team of Bouma, Rockefeller and Sun, whose every panel could pass for an animation cel. Christopher Healy, New York Times, "Kids Face Down a Panoply of Threats," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of cel

1933, in the meaning defined above

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short for celluloid

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