cell phone

variants: or less commonly cellphone \ ˈsel-​ˌfōn How to pronounce cellphone (audio) \

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 Poff’s daughter identified a cell phone found in the box as her old device. Fox News, "Texas woman who mailed Obama explosive gets 10-year sentence," 19 Nov. 2019 Make sure all of your contact information, including a cell phone, is current so your bank can contact you if there’s any suspicious activity or attempts to change your account information. cleveland, "Couple gets mystery Wells Fargo debit cards with wrong first names: Money Matters," 17 Nov. 2019 Her friends testified that after Alexis had been shot, Hunter robbed one of them of a cell phone as well. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "22-year-old convicted in 2013 killing of straight-A student over a cell phone," 8 Nov. 2019 Boaters who do not have cell service or a cell phone with them can call the Coast Guard, who will contact wildlife officials. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "Recovered: Found with a spear in its neck, sea turtle returned to the ocean today," 1 Nov. 2019 But the thing is, almost every working adult in America carries around a cell phone these days, and human beings can be absent-minded. Will Collier, National Review, "The Republican SCIF Invasion and the Law," 23 Oct. 2019 For example, the back of a cell phone could be covered in artificial skin to sense unique user gestures like grabbing, twisting, and scratching to provide tactile feedback. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Nobody Asked for Artificial Skin Phone Cases," 19 Oct. 2019 In his closing argument, Zagaja outlined the state’s evidence, including cell phone records and statements by Bouie and his co-defendant, Jessica Keene, that placed him at the condo at 74 Main St. in Windsor Locks where Keene was killed. David Owens, courant.com, "Judge rules murder prosecution can continue in killing of man found stuffed in storage tub behind his mother’s living room couch," 1 Oct. 2019 After the shooting, investigators discovered a cell phone recording that appeared to show Asmat and Salgado-Soto talking about Correa’s murder just after Fernandez was dropped off at a hospital, according to the affidavit. Tess Sheets, orlandosentinel.com, "6th person arrested in fatal January home-invasion shooting," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of cell phone

1983, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cell phone was in 1983

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22 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Cell phone.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellphone. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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