(noun, verb)


1. any small compartment

- the cells of a honeycomb

Definition categories: man–made, compartment

2. (biology) the basic structural and functional unit of all organisms; they may exist as independent units of life (as in monads) or may form colonies or tissues as in higher plants and animals

Definition categories: general

3. a device that delivers an electric current as the result of a chemical reaction

Definition categories: man–made

4. a small unit serving as part of or as the nucleus of a larger political movement

Similar word(s): cadre

Definition categories: group

5. a hand-held mobile radiotelephone for use in an area divided into small sections, each with its own short-range transmitter/receiver

Similar word(s): cellphone

Definition categories: man–made, radiophone, radiotelephone

6. small room in which a monk or nun lives

Similar word(s): cubicle

Definition categories: man–made, room

7. a room where a prisoner is kept

Definition categories: man–made, room

Sentences with cell as a noun:

- Gregor Mendel must have spent a good amount of time outside of his cell.

- The combatants spent the night in separate cells.

- This MP3 player runs on 2 AAA cells.

- There is a powerful storm cell headed our way.

- The upper right cell always starts with the color green.

- Those three fellows are the local cell of that organization.

- Virtual Channel number 5 received 170 cells.

- I get good reception in my home because it is near a cell tower.


1. (transitive) To place or enclose in a cell.