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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Priory \Pri"o*ry\, n.; pl. Priories. [Cf. LL. prioria. See
   Prior, n.]
   A religious house presided over by a prior or prioress; --
   sometimes an offshoot of, an subordinate to, an abbey, and
   called also cell, and obedience. See Cell, 2.
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   Note: Of such houses there were two sorts: one where the
         prior was chosen by the inmates, and governed as
         independently as an abbot in an abbey; the other where
         the priory was subordinate to an abbey, and the prior
         was placed or displaced at the will of the abbot.
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   Alien priory, a small religious house dependent on a large
      monastery in some other country.
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   Syn: See Cloister.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cell \Cell\ (s[e^]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Celled (s[e^]ld).]
   To place or inclose in a cell. "Celled under ground." [R.]
   --Warner.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cell \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.
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            The heroic confessor in his cell.     --Macaulay.
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   2. A small religious house attached to a monastery or
      convent. "Cells or dependent priories." --Milman.
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   3. Any small cavity, or hollow place.
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   4. (Arch.)
      (a) The space between the ribs of a vaulted roof.
      (b) Same as Cella.
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   5. (Elec.) A jar of vessel, or a division of a compound
      vessel, for holding the exciting fluid of a battery.
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   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.
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   Note: 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 am[oe]ba, and
         in embryonic cells (both vegetable and animal), there
         is no restricting cell wall, while in some of the
         unicelluliar organisms the nucleus is wholly wanting.
         See Illust. of Bipolar.
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   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.
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