cell phone


Definition of cell phone

: a portable usually cordless telephone for use in a cellular system

Examples of cell phone in a Sentence

Call me on my cell phone.

Recent Examples on the Web

But like cell phones and certain sitcom stars' hair, specialty paint finishes have gotten considerably more sophisticated over the past twenty-odd years. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Textured Wall Finishes," 7 Feb. 2019 The beep or buzz of the cell phone indicating that a call has come in awakens the sleeper, who instinctively reaches over and responds to the message. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "College Students Are Sleep Texting Potentially Embarrassing Things," 5 Dec. 2018 Making them bigger is, unfortunately, the only way to make things better, which is a bad fit for cell phones. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Awesome tiny gyroscope promising but not ready for prime time," 9 Nov. 2018 Pellegrino alleged that the bag search was unnecessarily rough and invasive, extending to her credit cards, coins, cell phone and lipstick. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Court: TSA officers immune from most checkpoint lawsuits," 11 July 2018 Under that contract, the parking system has been overhauled to allow people to pay with cell phones and credit cards. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Park your car in Cincinnati? It's going to cost you (a lot) more.," 3 July 2018 The Berkeley law, in effect since 2016, tells dealers to notify their customers that the federal government sets radiation standards for cell phones. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "U.S. Supreme Court ruling raises questions about Berkeley cell phone ordinance," 28 June 2018 Google’s own cell phone service — Google Fi — doesn’t support it yet. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Verizon is launching RCS Chat on the Pixel 3 on December 6th," 5 Dec. 2018 Jennings referred to three landmark Supreme Court decisions over the last decade that concluded there is a strong privacy interest in a cell phone and that, in most circumstances, police need a warrant in order to perform such a search. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Cops told suspect he had to open iPhone X with his face, so he did," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of cell phone

1983, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cell phone

chiefly US : a small telephone that people can take with them and use outside their homes

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Kids Definition of cell phone

: a portable telephone that connects to other telephones by radio through a system of transmitters each of which covers a limited geographical area

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