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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The third type of operation involves feeding receivers false location data, say, reporting the position of a person’s cell phone a dozen or so miles from its actual position. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Report: Russia Engaging in Widespread Satellite Navigation Spoofing," 3 Apr. 2019 Down the street, Nicolai saw people gathering outside of the Robert B. Atwood Building, holding up cell phones to get a photo of the animal, like paparazzi. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, an elusive cinnamon-colored black bear sprinted through downtown Anchorage," 13 June 2018 The estate has some pretty strict rules about cell phones and cameras. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Charles's Private Gardens at Highgrove House Will Open to Visitors Later This Spring," 14 Mar. 2019 Lawson didn't respond to an email and messages left on his office phone and cell phone. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky State Police stomp on inalienable rights of protesters at Capitol," 5 June 2018 Alumni were snapping pictures with their cell phones of their own class pictures from different generations - kindergarten to sixth grade. Chris Folks, Laurel Leader, "A little rain can't stop Bond Mill's 50th[West Laurel]," 31 May 2018 This was all back in the 1980s and 1990s, before cell phones. Ailbhe Smyth, The Cut, "What It’s Like to Be an Abortion-Rights Activist in Ireland," 21 May 2018 Part of the answer has to do with the ubiquity of cell phones and social media, which allow news of racist incidents (which have always existed) to spread more quickly than ever. Elijah Anderson, Vox, "The sociology of living while black," 10 Aug. 2018 Walking through the metal detectors at Wrigley Field, people are asked to empty their pockets of keys, cell phones and wallets. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Joey Votto has trouble making it past Wrigley Field security before Cincinnati Reds game," 7 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

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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