Definition of cell
1 : a small religious house dependent on a monastery or convent
2a : a one-room dwelling occupied by a solitary person (such as a hermit)b : a single room (as in a convent or prison) usually for one person
4 : a small usually microscopic mass of protoplasm bounded externally by a semipermeable membrane, usually including one or more nuclei and various other organelles with their products, capable alone or interacting with other cells of performing all the fundamental functions of life, and forming the smallest structural unit of living matter capable of functioning independently
5a (1) : a receptacle containing electrodes and an electrolyte either for generating electricity by chemical action or for use in electrolysis (2) : fuel cellb : a single unit in a device for converting radiant energy into electrical energy or for varying the intensity of an electrical current in accordance with radiation (see radiation 1)
6 : a unit in a statistical array (see 2array 5) (such as a spreadsheet) formed by the intersection of a column and a row
7 : a basic and usually small unit of an organization or movement terrorist cells
8 : a portion of the atmosphere that behaves as a unit a storm cell
Examples of cell in a Sentence
The suspect was in the police station's holding cell overnight.
his mission was to locate and infiltrate the terrorist cell that was believed to be hiding in the city
Recent Examples of cell from the Web
After a lull of several months, sleeper cells are reawakening in the east of the city.
Other research has shown that PPIs may shorten the protective chromosome ends known as telomeres, in effect speeding up cell aging.
Desmosomes are the fibers that bind the dead skin cells together.
Once inside the cell, prosecutors alleged that Tribble sexually assaulted the woman.
Prison staff at El Dorado Correctional Facility were attempting to return prisoners to their cell houses on Thursday afternoon after some refused earlier in the day.
Back in Alex’s lair, Spencer finally managed to pick the lock in her cell.
Brain cells begin dying almost immediately after breathing stops.
Bacteria have been using CRISPR for billions of years to slice apart the genetic material of viruses that invade their cells.
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CELL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cell for English Language Learners
: a room in a prison, jail, etc., where prisoners live or are kept
: a small room that one person (such as a monk or a nun) lives in
: any one of the very small parts that together form all living things
CELL Defined for Kids
Definition of cell for Students
1 : a very small room (as in a prison or a monastery)
2 : the basic structural unit of living things that is made up of cytoplasm enclosed by a membrane and that typically includes a nucleus and other smaller parts (as mitochondria or chloroplasts) which perform specific functions necessary for life
3 : a small enclosed part or division (as in a honeycomb)
4 : a container with substances which can produce an electric current by chemical action
5 : a device that converts light (as sunlight) that falls on it into electrical energy that is used as a power source
6 : cell phone
celled\ˈseld\ adjective single-celled
Medical Definition of cell
1: a small compartment or bounded space
2: a small usually microscopic mass of protoplasm bounded externally by a semipermeable membrane, usually including one or more nuclei and various nonliving products, capable alone or interacting with other cells of performing all the fundamental functions of life, and forming the smallest structural unit of living matter capable of functioning independently
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