For those who break the law, they will be very familiar with the meaning of the word cell. It’s a room a jail, not very big, with an uncomfortable bed, and no sharp edges.
And I’m sure the prisoners are not supplied with knives so they can dig through the mortar and remove bricks on their way to the great escape. That, I’m sure only happens at the movies.
A cell can also be a building block in the creation of humans, animals, fish, and plants. No doubt there are a million other things that require cells.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this cellular activity is whether or not there is life, and therefore cells, on Mars. I’m guessing we’ll have to wait a little longer to find out.
We can have a cell phone, which in some parts of the world is also the name of a mobile phone.
Don’t get me started on what I think of cell phones, or how intrusive they are on our everyday lives, the number of people who seem to be continually glued to the screen, or how many near misses there are in the street and crossing the road.
On the other hand cell phones in the hands of a writer are very useful because when we get flashes of story or plotlines in one of those once awkward moments, we can now jot it down on a cell phone scribbling pad.
A cell can also be used to describe a smaller unit within a larger organisation, or, if you are a thriller writer who dabbles in espionage, you will be very familiar with the concept of a sleeper cell.
Who knows, in reality, there might be some living next door to us and we would never know. Oops, been watching too much television again.
Digging deeper into the more obscure definitions of the word cell, we come up with a single transparent sheet that has a single drawing on it, one of many that make up an animated film, or film. If a film runs at 32 frames per second, that means there are 32 cells.
There are fuel cells
There are dry cell batteries
And as a general warning, don’t go too near cell towers or you will be a victim of radiation that might be extremely harmful to your health.