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cell phone

noun
Also, cellphone [sel-fohn] /ˈsɛlˌfoʊn/ (Show IPA).
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Examples for cellphone
  • He was attired in stunning blue blankets and talking on his cellphone.
  • Then the health worker, or even the patient, can take a picture of the stamp with a cellphone.
  • The site was out of cellphone range, and there was no town within a week's walk.
  • You're drinking coffee and talking to your boss on a cellphone, practicing your pitch.
  • cellphone and computer networks are down, and some campuses have become temporary refugee centers.
  • Students without laptops or tablet computers can still participate by sending a text message with a standard cellphone.
  • If your cellphone service is unreliable, find a place where you can speak from a landline.
  • He gives out his cellphone number and tells them to call any time, even in the middle of the night, if they need him.
  • The trouble is the power output still only amounts to milliwatts, barely enough to trickle-charge a cellphone.
  • Police deem this out-dated, as a suspect can switch rapidly from one cellphone to another.
British Dictionary definitions for cellphone

cellphone

/ˈsɛlˌfəʊn/
noun
1.
a portable telephone operated by cellular radio In full cellular telephone
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Word Origin and History for cellphone
n.

also cell phone, 1984, short for cellular phone.

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cellphone 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 cellphone

cell phone

cellular telephone
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