cellular

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adjective

cel·​lu·​lar ˈsel-yə-lər How to pronounce cellular (audio)
1
a
: of, relating to, or consisting of cells
a cellular structure
cellular growth
b
: cell-mediated
cellular immunity
2
: containing cavities : having a porous texture
cellular rocks
3
: of, relating to, or being a radiotelephone system in which a geographical area (such as a city) is divided into small sections each served by a transmitter of limited range
cellular phones
cellularity noun

cellular

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noun

Examples of cellular in a Sentence

Adjective Researchers are observing the course of the disease at the cellular level.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Police located Enriquez's cellular phone data at a home near 75th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road in south Phoenix, where officers arrested him without incident, court documents state. The Arizona Republic, 24 Feb. 2024 In a commercial for Verizon that aired during the game, Beyoncé, who had already broken the internet in the clip, tried her best to break the company’s 5G cellular network. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 23 Feb. 2024 Here's how cellular customers can check for an outage, repair status and get an estimate for when the service will be back up. Tanya Wildt, Detroit Free Press, 23 Feb. 2024 Collagen Collagen in our skin makes up 75 percent of the weight of the skin’s cellular structure of proteins and other components. Elizabeth Gamillo, Discover Magazine, 23 Feb. 2024 Experts say these solar flares, however, are probably not the reason why cellular service fizzled. John Tufts, The Courier-Journal, 22 Feb. 2024 A number of Americans are dealing with cellular outages on AT&T, Cricket Wireless, Verizon, T-Mobile and other service providers, according to data from Downdetector. Michelle Chapman, Fortune, 22 Feb. 2024 According to an industry source who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the root of the outage appeared to be related to how cellular services hand off calls from one network to the next, a process known as peering. Catherine Thorbecke, CNN, 22 Feb. 2024 Since proteins are essential to virtually all cellular activity, ribosomes are vital to bacteria. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024
Noun
The move is part of a complicated series of transactions that bind Viacom18 ever closer to Reliance Industries, the petroleum to telecoms conglomerate controlled by Mukesh Ambani which is now upending Indian media with its Jio cellular, broadband internet and streaming companies. Patrick Frater, Variety, 14 Apr. 2023 Jio Platforms is a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, one of India’s biggest multinational companies and a major provider of cellular and internet services in the country. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2020 Many popular smartphone apps passively transmit user location to app companies at all hours of the day, via cellular, GPS, WiFi, or Bluetooth technology. Brent Skorup, National Review, 7 Apr. 2020 Like previous cellular networks, 5G relies on signals carried out by radio waves, which are part of the electromagnetic spectrum. NBC News, 6 Apr. 2020 Check the app’s settings and turn off uploads while on cellular. Whitson Gordon, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2020 The iPhone 7 build is the furthest along, and while the page says the CPU, storage, display, and touchscreen works, things like the GPU, camera, Bluetooth, audio, and cellular do not. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 5 Mar. 2020 The Walkie Talkie feature will work over either Wi-Fi or cellular, Microsoft says. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 9 Jan. 2020 The merger, valued at $26.5 billion, is central to T-Mobile’s strategy to gain ground in an industry that is spending billions of dollars building out 5G cellular networks while engaging in intense price wars. Edmund Lee, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

New Latin cellularis, from cellula living cell, from Latin, diminutive of cella small room

First Known Use

Adjective

1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1985, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cellular was in 1716

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Cite this Entry

“Cellular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellular. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

cellular

adjective
cel·​lu·​lar
ˈsel-yə-lər
1
: of, relating to, or consisting of cells
2
: of, relating to, or being a radiotelephone system in which a geographical area (as a city) is divided into small sections each served by a transmitter of limited range
cellular phones

Medical Definition

cellular

adjective
cel·​lu·​lar ˈsel-yə-lər How to pronounce cellular (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or consisting of cells
2
: cell-mediated
cellular immunity
cellularity noun
plural cellularities

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