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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun cell:


The word cell is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun cell

What does cell mean as a name of something?

Cell is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: cells

  1. any small compartment
    • example: the cells of a honeycomb
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: compartment = a space into which an area is subdivided
  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
  3. a device that delivers an electric current as the result of a chemical reaction
  4. a small unit serving as part of or as the nucleus of a larger political movement
  5. a hand-held mobile radiotelephone for use in an area divided into small sections, each with its own short-range transmitter/receiver
  6. small room in which a monk or nun lives
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of cell: cubicle
    • more generic word: room = an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling
    • part of: convent = a religious residence especially for nuns; monastery = the residence of a religious community
  7. a room where a prisoner is kept
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of cell: jail cell / prison cell
    • more generic word: room = an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling
    • more specific terms:
      • detention centre / detention cell / bullpen = a large cell where prisoners (people awaiting trial or sentence or refugees or illegal immigrants) are confined together temporarily
      • cooler / tank = a cell for violent prisoners
      • dungeon = a dark cell (usually underground) where prisoners can be confined
      • guardroom = a cell in which soldiers who are prisoners are confined
      • hold / keep = a cell in a jail or prison
      • sweatbox = small or narrow cell
    • part of: cellblock / ward = a division of a prison

Alternative definition of the noun cell


  1. A room in a monastery accommodating one person.
  2. A room in a prison for containing inmates.
  3. A component of an electrical battery.
  4. A small group of people forming part of a larger organization.
  5. [meteorology] A small thunderstorm, caused by convection, that forms ahead of a storm front.
  6. [cytology] The basic unit of a living organism, surrounded by a cell membrane.
  7. [biology] A cavity in a structure such as a honeycomb or ovary.
  8. [computing] The minimal unit of a cellular automaton that can change state and has an associated behavior.
  9. [communication] A short, fixed-length packet as in asynchronous transfer mode.
  10. [communication] A region of radio reception that is a part of a larger radio network.
  11. [geometry] A three-dimensional facet of a polytope.
  12. [US, informal] A cellular phone.


  1. "Cell" a.k.a. "The Cell" is a 2000 science fiction psychological thriller film directed by Tarsem Singh, and starring Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn and Vincent D'Onofrio.
  2. "Cell" is a film, directed by Tod Williams, based on "Cell" by Stephen King.
  3. Cell: Cell: The Web Series is about a man wakes up in a cell after a night on the town. When he realizes he’s not in jail and he’s not alone, he fights to stay who he is while helping someone else remember who they were.
    • begun on
    • created by Mark Gardner
    • genres: Science Fiction, Drama


  1. "Cell" is an apocalyptic horror novel published by American author Stephen King in 2006. An excerpt was published in the January 27, 2006 issue of Entertainment Weekly. The story follows a New England artist struggling to reunite with his young son after a mysterious signal broadcast over the global cell phone network turns the majority of his fellow humans into mindless vicious animals.
    • also known as "Cell (Spanish language)", 手機
    • language: English Language
    • genres: Horror, Fiction, Speculative fiction, Suspense
    • subjects: Literary, Horror
    • copyright: 2006-01-24
    • released on (9 years ago)
  2. "Cell" is a book written by Robin Cook.
  3. "Cell" is a play written by Judy Klass.
    • language: English Language
    • released on (6 years ago)
    • award: - Edgar Award for Best Play nomination for Judy Klass


  1. Cell is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama. He makes his debut in chapter #361 The Mysterious Monster, Finally Appears!!, first published in Weekly Shōnen Jump on February 18, 1992. Cell is an evil artificial life form, created using cells from several of the main characters in the series, that travels back in time so he can become the perfect being. In order to reach this goal, he must absorb Androids #17 and #18.
    • also known as เซลล์ (ดราก้อนบอล)
  2. Cell is a fictional mutant character in the Marvel Comics Universe. His first appearance was in Morlocks #1, created by Geoff Johns and Shawn Martinbrough.

There are other characters with in their name, like Brain Cell.


  1. "Cell" is the tenth album by the Japanese rock group Plastic Tree.
    • also known as Cell.
    • genre: Alternative rock
    • released on (11 years ago)
  2. "Cell" is a musical album of Bitcrush.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  3. "CELL" is a musical single of Michihiro Kuroda.
    • released on (9 years ago)


Cell were a New York-based band often tagged with the label of Grunge given the time frame of their existence, though college rock or alternative is arguably a more apt description. The band formed in 1990 and split c.1995. Championed by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, they released a 7 inch on his Ecstatic Peace label, later signing to Geffen.


  1. Cell is a peer-reviewed scientific journal publishing research papers across a broad range of disciplines within the life sciences. Areas covered include molecular biology, cell biology, systems biology, stem cells, developmental biology, genetics and genomics, proteomics, cancer research, immunology, neuroscience, structural biology, microbiology, virology, physiology, biophysics, and computational biology. The journal was established in 1974 by Benjamin Lewin and is published twice monthly by Cell Press, an imprint of Elsevier.
  2. Cell: The 1957 Encyclopédie Larousse defines a cell in music as a "small rhythmic and melodic design that can be isolated, or can make up one part of a thematic context." The cell may be distinguished from the figure or motif: the 1958 Encyclopédie Fasquelle defines a cell as, "the smallest indivisible unit," unlike the motif, which may be divisible into more than one cell. "A cell can be developed, independent of its context, as a melodic fragment, it can be used as a developmental motif. It can be the source for the whole structure of the work; in that case it is called a generative cell.
  3. Cell: In geometry, a cell is a three-dimensional element that is part of a higher-dimensional object.
  4. Cell is a TV program, begun on (6 years ago).
  5. Cell: A cell in the context of electronic design automation is an abstract representation of a component within a schematic diagram or physical layout of an electronic circuit in software.
  6. cell is a gene group, gene ontology group.
  7. Cell: Any small compartment.
  8. Cell: The smallest units of living structure capable of independent existence, composed of a membrane-enclosed mass of protoplasm and containing a nucleus or nucleoid.
  9. Cell a.k.a. carboxyl ester lipase (bile salt-stimulated lipase) is a gene.
    • also known as bile salt-dependent lipase; bile-salt-activated lipase; sterol esterase; fetoacinar pancreatic protein; bile salt-stimulated lipase; lysophospholipase, pancreatic; cholesterol esterase; bile salt-dependent lipase, oncofetal isoform, included; bile salt-stimulated carboxyl ester lipase; carboxyl ester lipase; carboxyl ester hydrolase
  10. Cell a.k.a. carboxyl ester lipase pseudogene is a gene.

Phrases with Cell

Phrases starting with the word Cell:

  1. Cell Line
  2. cell wall
  3. cell-free
  4. cell-like
  5. Cell-Wall

Phrases ending with the word Cell:

  1. b cell
  2. K-cell
  3. t cell
  4. air cell
  5. cd4 cell
  6. cd8 cell
  7. dry cell
  8. egg cell
  9. fat cell
  10. Red Cell
  11. rod cell
  12. sex cell
  13. wet cell
  14. beta cell
  15. bone cell

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cell

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Google previewResearch Design & Statistical Analysis (2003)

by Arnold D. Well, Jerome L. Myers

In other words, the interaction sum of squares represents the variability among cell means that still remains when variability caused by the main effects of the two factors has been removed. Although this definition of interaction is correct, it is ...

Google previewThe Analysis of Covariance and Alternatives (2011)

Statistical Methods for Experiments, Quasi-Experiments, and Single-Case Studies by Bradley Huitema

Differences between adjusted cell means Img and Img at level Img A convenient way of carrying out these tests is to employ the following formula for simple main effects comparisons associated with a given factor: Unnumbered Display ...

Google previewMCAT Biology Review (2010)

The cell is a prokaryote-. therefore. the genome is inaccessible to cytoplasmic enzymes. B. The cell is a prokaryote; therefore. the circular genome is resistant to DNase. The cell is a eukaryote: therefore. the genome is inaccessible to ...

Google previewFormal Methods and Software Engineering (2003)

5th International Conference on Formal Engineering Methods, ICFEM 2003, Singapore, November 5-7, 2003, Proceedings by Jin Song Dong, Jim Woodcock

ATM cells. More precisely, an ATM cell is a fixed-length cell consisting of a 5 octet header field and a 48 octet payload field. The payload field is available for actual user information. The header field carries the information for identification and ...

Google previewQuantum Mechanics with Applications to Nanotechnology and Information Science (2013)

by Yehuda B. Band, Yshai Avishai

A primitive unit cell is a unit cell which contains just a single Bravais lattice point R, and, by definition, also the atoms in the motif attached to it. An example of a...

Google previewExploring Biology in the Laboratory (2012)

by Murrary P. Pendarvis, John L. Crawley

The cell is the smallest unit of biological organiza- tion that can undergo the activities associated with life, such as metabolism, response, and reproduction. The British scientist Robert Hooke first described the cell in 1665. In the late 1830s, two ...

Google previewOrigin(s) of Design in Nature (2012)

A Fresh, Interdisciplinary Look at How Design Emerges in Complex Systems, Especially Life by Liz Swan, Richard Gordon, Joseph Seckbach

in culture, not in nature, and the main reason for this is that it does not realize that the cell is a semiotic system. The cell is the unit of life, and if semiosis did not existin it, we would indeed have to conclude that all systems made of cells are not ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (2012)

by John M. Lackie

Amino acids Vertebrate annexins Human Caspases Common cell lines Chemokines The codon assignments of the genetic code DNA polymerases Erythrocyte membrane proteins Representative bacterial exotoxins Blood clotting factors ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Genetics (2014)

by Eric C.R. Reeve

Genetic recombination Telomeres Introns Chloroplasts and mitochondria Cell cycle genes Centromeres and kinetochores: from yeast to man DNA methylation in animals and plants Genomic imprinting Genetic control of immunological ...

Google previewChurchill Livingstone Medical Dictionary (2008)

by Chris Brooker

cell adhesion molecules (CAM) Mitochondrion Plasma membrane Smooth endoplasmic reticulum Golgi complex Rough endoplasmic reticulum Ribosomes Nucleolus Secretion granule Nucleus Nuclear envelope ribosomes, etc. (Figure ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Biology (1957)

by Michael Abercrombie, Clarence James Hickman, M. L. Johnson

CELL the chemical reactions (metabolism, q.v.) characteristic of living things, and the nucleic acid systems responsible for synthesis of the enzymes and of themselves; (b) a component, made by the proto~ plasm, devoid of these enzyme ...

Google previewDictionary of Ecodesign (2010)

An Illustrated Reference by Ken Yeang, Lillian Woo

By the 1940s, the Czochralski process was developed for producing highly pure crystalline silicon, and in 1954 scientists at Bell Laboratories used this process to develop the first crystalline silicon PV cell. The photoelectric effect describes the ...

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My main efforts focussed on trying to identify the rate controlling steps during the cell cycle. Crucial for this analysis were wee mutants that were advanced prematurely through the cell cycle and so divided at a reduced cell size. (Paul Nurse)
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Scrabble value of C3E1L1L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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