cel·​lu·​lar | \ ˈsel-yə-lər How to pronounce cellular (audio) \

Definition of cellular

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1a : 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



Definition of cellular (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from cellular


cellularity \ ˌsel-​yə-​ˈler-​ə-​tē How to pronounce cellular (audio) , -​ˈla-​rə-​ \ 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 Between 25 and 30 eagles are being fitted with transmitters using cellular communications networks to provide real-time data on eagle movements. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 15 July 2021 Friedman said that uBreakiFix repairs all kinds of cellular phones, but also xBoxes, PlayStations and other gaming consoles, desktop and laptop computers, iPads, printers, televisions, and many others. Steve Smith, courant.com, 28 May 2021 After his White House years, Mondale served from 1993-96 as Clinton’s ambassador to Japan, fighting for U.S. access to markets ranging from cars to cellular phones. Rich Barak, ajc, 20 Apr. 2021 After his White House years, Mondale served from 1993-96 as President Bill Clinton’s ambassador to Japan, fighting for U.S. access to markets ranging from cars to cellular phones. Dallas News, 20 Apr. 2021 The violent storms bearing down on the state onApril 27, 2011, were triggeringwidespread power outages, causing cellular networks to go dark. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 On-the-go medical alert devices use cellular networks and GPS tracking to connect customers to emergency operators. Shannon Cuthrell, Health.com, 23 June 2021 This tranche of spectrum is expected to generate $192 billion in economic activity over seven years with the next generation of cellular networks. Roslyn Layton, Forbes, 22 June 2021 Windows laptops for some time have had the ability to connect to cellular networks without consumers having to buy the kind of physical SIM card that smartphones rely on, says a Qualcomm spokesman. Christopher Mims, WSJ, 19 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 The Pros additionally come with a new fast charger adapter, Wi-Fi 6, quicker face ID and better cellular. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of cellular


1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cellular


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

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“Cellular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellular. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cellular

: of, relating to, or made of the cells of living things
: relating to a system that uses radio waves instead of wires to send telephone signals


cel·​lu·​lar | \ ˈsel-yə-lər How to pronounce cellular (audio) \

Kids Definition of cellular

1 : of, relating to, or made up of cells cellular tissue
2 : of, relating to, or being a cell phone


cel·​lu·​lar | \ ˈsel-yə-lər How to pronounce cellular (audio) \

Medical Definition of cellular

1 : of, relating to, or consisting of cells
2 : cell-mediated cellular immunity

Other Words from cellular

cellularity \ ˌsel-​yə-​ˈlar-​ət-​ē How to pronounce cellular (audio) \ noun, plural cellularities

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