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Topic: JAIL AND PUNISHMENT

Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: celle, from Latin cella 'small room'

cell

noun
     
cell W1 [countable]
1HB

body

the smallest part of a living thing that can exist independently
blood/brain/nerve cell
red blood cells
cancer cells
Embryos grow by cell division (=the splitting of cells).
cell
2

prison

a small room in a prison or police station where prisoners are kept:
He spent a night in the cells at the local police station.
the walls of his prison cell
3

phone

American English a cellular phone; a telephone that you can carry around with you, that works by using a network of radio stations to pass on signals [= mobile British English]
Call me on my cell if you're running late.
4

electric

TEE a piece of equipment for producing electricity from chemicals, heat, or light:
a car powered by electric fuel cells
5

secret group

a small group of people who are working secretly as part of a larger political organization:
a terrorist cell
6

religious

a small room in a monastery or convent where someone sleeps
7

insect/small animal

HBI a small space that an insect or other small creature has made to live in or use:
the cells of a honeycomb
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