/ kæbən /
ETYM Old Fren. caban, from W. caban booth, cabin, dim. of cab cot, tent; or from French cabane, cabine, Late Lat. cabanna, perh. from the Celtic.
1. A small house built of wood; usually in a wooded area.
2. Small room on a ship or boat where people sleep.
3. The enclosed part of an aircraft of spacecraft where passengers are carried.
/ sel /
jail cell · prison cell · cubicle · electric cell · cadre
ETYM Old Fren. celle, from Latin cella; akin to celare to hide, and Eng. hell, helm, conceal. Related to Hall.
In biology, a discrete, membrane-bound portion of living matter, the smallest unit capable of an independent existence. All living organisms consist of one or more cells, with the exception of viruses. Bacteria, protozoa, and many other microorganisms consist of single cells, whereas a human is made up of billions of cells. Essential features of a cell are the membrane, which encloses it and restricts the flow of substances in and out; the jellylike material within, the cytoplasm; the ribosomes, which carry out protein synthesis; and the DNA, which forms the hereditary material.
1. A room where a prisoner is kept; SYN. jail cell, prison cell.
2. Small room is which a monk or nun lives; SYN. cubicle.
3. Any small compartment.
4. The basic structural and functional unit of all organisms; cells may exist as independent units of life (as in monads) or may form colonies or tissues as in higher plants and animals.
5. A device that delivers an electric current as the result of a chemical reaction; SYN. electric cell.
6. A small unit serving as the nucleus of a larger political movement; SYN. cadre.