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Definition of cell noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the smallest unit of living matter that can exist on its own. All plants and animals are made up of cells blood cells the nucleus of a cell see also stem cell
  2. 2a room for one or more prisoners in a prison or police station see also padded cell
  3. 3a small room without much furniture in which a monk or nun lives
  4. 4(informal) = cell phone
  5. 5a device for producing an electric current, for example by the action of chemicals or light a photoelectric cell
  6. 6a small group of people who work as part of a larger political organization, especially secretly a terrorist cell
  7. 7each of the small sections that together form a larger structure, for example a honeycomb
  8. 8one of the small squares in a spreadsheet computer program in which you enter a single piece of data
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cell