Definition of cell noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



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1 a room for one or more prisoners in a prison or police station see also padded cell2 a small room without much furniture in which a monk or nun lives3 the smallest unit of living matter that can exist on its own. All plants and animals are made up of cellsblood cellsthe nucleus of a cell see also stem cell4 each of the small sections that together form a larger structure, for example a honeycomb5 a device for producing an electric current, for example by the action of chemicals or lighta photoelectric cell6 a small group of people who work as part of a larger political organization, especially secretlya terrorist cell7 one of the small squares in a spreadsheet computer program in which you enter a single piece of data8 (informal, especially North American English) = cell phone