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cell

cell

 
 
pronunciation:
sel
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a tiny unit of plant or animal life, having a nucleus and surrounded by a very thin membrane.
Living things are made of cells.
 
definition 2: a very small room for a prisoner, nun, or monk.
definition 3: any small, hollow space within a larger group of hollow spaces.
Bees build a honeycomb with many cells.
definition 4: a device that makes electricity by chemical means.
A car battery has several cells.
similar words:
battery
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The words cell and sell sound alike but have different meanings.
Word History
Cell comes from celare, a Latin word that means "to hide." By the 1300s, "cell" meant "small monastery" or "small room." In the late 1300s, it was used for the compartments that the brain was thought to be separated into. The current use of the word "cell" in biology first occurred in 1845.
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