cell [-s] n

ME < L. cella, small apartment, slave's room, store-closet, prison cell.

  1. Unit; minute biological sack; little bag of organic matter; building block of life; small compartment in the organs of a human body.
  2. Cubicle; stall; booth; cloister; individual's room in a religious residence; dwelling place that holds just one person; [fig.] casket; coffin; sepulcher; burial chamber.
  3. Room; confinement; prison space; place for holding someone as punishment for offences; [fig.] lot; deal; parcel; tract in the promised land.