gel

noun
\ ˈjel How to pronounce gel (audio) \

Definition of gel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a colloid in a more solid form than a sol broadly : jelly sense 2
2 : a thin colored transparent sheet used over a stage light to color it
3 : a gelatinous preparation used in styling hair

gel

verb
gelled; gelling

Definition of gel (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to change into or take on the form of a gel : set

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Other Words from gel

Verb

gelable \ ˈje-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce gelable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of gel in a Sentence

Verb

The mixture will gel as it cools. Our plans are finally starting to gel.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

So, shaping your brows and defining them with a soft powder or a tinted brow gel does the trick. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "The 7 Best Eye Makeup Tips for Mature Skin," 13 Mar. 2019 Thankfully, the beauty heavens brought us brow gel, and my life has never been the same. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "This Nyx Eyebrow Gel Is What Brow Dreams Are Made of," 5 Dec. 2018 If the idea of full commitment sparks anxiety, however, a similar effect can be had using a brow gel that's slightly darker than your natural shade to make individual hairs appear more prominent. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Ultimate Guide to Better Brows, from Microblading to Miracle Gel," 28 Oct. 2018 The 3-in-1 includes a brow pencil but also has a brow powder and brow gel. Alison Smith, Philly.com, "The very best new eyebrow product," 23 May 2018 But as for the waterproof test, this gel definitely passed. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "11 Waterproof Makeup Products You Have to Try," 20 Apr. 2018 Changes for Sunscreen Types The announcement also called for exploring the use of sunscreen sprays, oils, lotions, creams, gels, butters, pastes, ointments, and sticks. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What the New Proposed FDA Sunscreen Regulations Mean for You," 22 Feb. 2019 If that doesn’t help, your doctor may recommend ramping things up to a gel or ointment, which are thicker and will likely stay on your eyes longer, Dr. Massaro-Giordano says. Korin Miller, SELF, "So Your Doctor Says You Have Dry Eye? Here Are 8 Treatment Options to Know," 13 Dec. 2018 In the case of the Marc Jacobs Spring 2018 show, that means an old gel manicure. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Nails At Marc Jacobs Were Inspired By An Old, Overgrown Gel Mani," 14 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Shower-Fresh Strands Are Made for Sculpting Jaws collectively dropped at first sight of Burberry's taut, sopping wet knots with baby hairs intricately gelled to the forehead in dizzying patterns by hairstylist Guido Palau. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Beauty Trends That Swept the London Runways This Week," 20 Feb. 2019 The filling was softly gelled, sour and darkly complex from the bittersweet coating, and the crust crumbly and rich. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "A Treat for Lemon Lovers and Beyond," 9 Mar. 2018 The irony, of course, is that Evertonians may be forced to be patient if a massive clear out and subsequent rebuild happens at the end of this term, with any potential incomings needing time to gel with their new teammates. SI.com, "FanView: Everton's Stars Are Playing for Their Futures as 17/18 Season Splutters on," 6 Feb. 2018 The cyanobacteria gelled with the mushrooms comfortably. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Your Next Electrical Source: Bionic Mushrooms," 9 Nov. 2018 At a designated target, the GFS Terra Torch shoots ignited gelled fuel as far as 75 feet. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Elon Musk thrusts civilian flamethrowers into the spotlight," 23 Mar. 2018 However, their run-in to the final is not smooth sailing as the quarter-final stage could then throw up a clash against Belgium, who are yet to prove their stars are capable of gelling in a major tournament. SI.com, "2018 FIFA World Cup Team Preview: Analysing Brazil's Chances at the Tournament," 3 June 2018 The team is also making batteries out of pectin, a plant compound used as a gelling agent in jams and jellies. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "You Can Swallow This Battery," 24 Aug. 2016 With tax cuts done, and his economic team gelling under spending hawk Larry Kudlow, the focus has turned to keeping the promise on spending. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Trump Goes on a Spending Diet," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of gel

Noun

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gel

Noun

gelatin

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The first known use of gel was in 1899

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gel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a thick substance that is like jelly and that is used in various products

gel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to change into a gel : to change into a thick substance that is like jelly
: to become clear and definite
: to style (hair) with gel

gel

noun
\ ˈjel How to pronounce gel (audio) \

Kids Definition of gel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a thick jellylike substance

gel

verb
gelled; gelling

Kids Definition of gel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to change into a thick jellylike substance The mixture will gel as it cools.

gel

noun
\ ˈjel How to pronounce gel (audio) \

Medical Definition of gel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a colloid in a more solid form than a sol
gelled; gelling

Medical Definition of gel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to change into or take on the form of a gel

Other Words from gel

gelable \ ˈjel-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce gelable (audio) \ adjective

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