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cell phone

noun
Also, cellphone [sel-fohn] /ˈsɛlˌfoʊn/ (Show IPA).
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Examples from the web for cell phone
  • cell phone need is as manufactured as the need for cable television or a car.
  • If you're paranoid that they're tracking every word, borrow a friend's cell phone and don't give them your name when you ask.
  • The market obviously won't, witness the evolution of the cell phone.
  • Holds a digital point-and-shoot, cell phone, and mp3 player.
  • Meanwhile, the doctors had gone to one of the top floors of a high-rise and called our cell phone.
  • Instead, he's solving global health issues-with a cell phone.
  • Here your cell phone doesn't work, you camp where you can, and the only water is what you carry.
  • Bush hasn't carried a personal cell phone for security reasons, but he had access to any number of them while traveling.
  • His e-mail address and cell phone number are being disabled as they speak.
  • While she was inspecting the compartments in my billfold, her cell phone rang.
cell phone in Culture
cell phone (cellular telephone)

A portable telephone that uses wireless cellular technology to send and receive phone signals. This technology works by dividing the Earth into small regions called cells. Within each cell the wireless telephone signal goes over its assigned bandwidth to a cell tower, which relays the signal to a telephone switching network, connecting the user to the desired party.

Note: The proximity to a cell tower is often the key to good reception when using a cell phone.
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Related Abbreviations for cell phone

cell phone

cellular telephone
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