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.

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Corporate and government engineers and security specialists had to get to work with no internet or cell phones. Adam Janofsky, WSJ, "Federal Researchers Simulate Power Grid Cyberattack, Find Holes in Response Plan," 9 Nov. 2018 This unit looks great for charging cell phones, and whatever else needs a hit of power from a USB port while on the road. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Black Friday has arrived at Monoprice with 20 percent off nearly everything, even sale items," 22 Oct. 2018 As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at Dubbo Airport in Dubbo, Australia on Wednesday, October 17, what looks like the outline of Harry's cell phone could be seen in his pocket. Temi Adebowale, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Gave Australia a Rare Royal Cell Phone Sighting," 18 Oct. 2018 No one had cell phones and the only person with a camera who wasn’t a professional photographer was Andy Warhol. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Ian Schrager Opens Up For the First Time About What Really Happened at Studio 54," 3 Oct. 2018 If a hurricane is closer — 6 to 18 hours away — cell phones should be charged. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence strengthens in Atlantic: Tips to prepare for the storm," 12 Sep. 2018 Many listened to the simulcast of the professor’s testimony on their cell phones, at times looking anguished or openly crying. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Elizabeth Warren Has a Powerful Message for Sexual Assault Survivors Watching the Kavanaugh Hearing," 27 Sep. 2018 Even at Wimbledon, the home of lawn tennis, updates of England's goals were spread by fans watching or listening to the match on their cell phones. Steve Douglas, chicagotribune.com, "England beat Sweden to reach World Cup semifinals," 7 July 2018 Many times, individuals do not give a greeting on their cell phones. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Could a tsunami of robocalls be heading to our cell phones?," 5 July 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

: 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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