Celibatist to Censual
(Ce*lib"a*tist) n. One who lives unmarried. [R.]
(Cel`i*dog"ra*phy) n. [Gr. stain, spot + -graphy: cf. F. célidographie.] A description of
apparent spots on the disk of the sun, or on planets.
(Cell) n. [OF. celle, fr. L. cella; akin to celare to hide, and E. hell, helm, conceal. Cf. Hall.]
1. A very small and close apartment, as in a prison or in a monastery or convent; the hut of a hermit.
The heroic confessor in his cell.
2. A small religious house attached to a monastery or convent. "Cells or dependent priories." Milman.
3. Any small cavity, or hollow place.
4. (Arch.) (a) The space between the ribs of a vaulted roof. (b) Same as Cella.
5. (Elec.) A jar of vessel, or a division of a compound vessel, for holding the exciting fluid of a battery.
6. (Biol.) One of the minute elementary structures, of which the greater part of the various tissues and
organs of animals and plants are composed.
All cells have their origin in the primary cell from which the organism was developed. In the lowest animal
and vegetable forms, one single cell constitutes the complete individual, such being called unicelluter
orgamisms. A typical cell is composed of a semifluid mass of protoplasm, more or less granular, generally
containing in its center a nucleus which in turn frequently contains one or more nucleoli, the whole being
surrounded by a thin membrane, the cell wall. In some cells, as in those of blood, in the amba, and in
embryonic cells there is no restricting cell wall, while in some of the unicelluliar organisms the nucleus is
wholly wanting. See Illust. of Bipolar.
Air cell. See Air cell. Cell development (called also cell genesis, cell formation, and cytogenesis),
the multiplication, of cells by a process of reproduction under the following common forms; segmentation
or fission, gemmation or budding, karyokinesis, and endogenous multiplication. See Segmentation,
Gemmation, etc. Cell theory. (Biol.) See Cellular theory, under Cellular.
(Cell) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Celled ] To place or inclose in a cell. "Celled under ground." [R.] Warner.
(||Cel"la) n. [L.] (Arch.) The part inclosed within the walls of an ancient temple, as distinguished
from the open porticoes.
(Cel"lar) n. [OE. celer, OF. celier, F. celier, fr. L. cellarium a receptacle for food, pantry, fr.
cella storeroom. See Cell.] A room or rooms under a building, and usually below the surface of the
ground, where provisions and other stores are kept.
1. The space or storerooms of a cellar; a cellar. Sir W. Scott.
You hear this fellow in the cellarage.
2. Chare for storage in a cellar.
(Cel"lar*er) n. [LL. cellararius, equiv. to L. cellarius steward: cf. F. cellérier. See Cellar.] (Eccl.)
A steward or butler of a monastery or chapter; one who has charge of procuring and keeping the provisions.