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

Keep scrolling for more

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 Hand sanitizing gel was placed at the entrance, and a new ordering system was installed so that customers could read the menu on their phones instead of listening to waitresses recite the specials. Author: David Crary, Dave Collins, Nicole Winfield, Anchorage Daily News, "Reopening: It’s back to business, but not business as usual," 20 May 2020 That’s why this temporary color gel is a great option for blondes. Andrea Jordan, Southern Living, "The Best Box Hair Dyes to Touch Up Your Color at Home," 20 May 2020 Suozzi suggests applying silicone gel strips to sit under the pressure points of the mask. Leah Groth, Health.com, "'Maskne' Is a Real Thing—Here's How to Stop Face Mask Breakouts," 15 May 2020 Unlike runny, watery food colorings, gels produce deep saturated hues with a tiny dab that won’t change the consistency of your batter or icing. Kathy Passero, al, "13 of the best tools for baking, from banana bread to cookies," 14 May 2020 The wax strips are soft gel and come ready to use, so there is no heating involved. Shauna Beni, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best At-Home Beauty Kits and Treatments, According to Experts," 13 May 2020 Other things to consider are gel foot beds and removable orthotics made of breathable materials. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things To Know Before You Buy Your Next Pair Of Cowboy Boots," 12 May 2020 To tackle this problem, researchers at the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research identified a gel that closely mimics the physicochemical properties of organs that have undergone the tissue clearing process. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Mouse brains seen in unprecedented 3D detail, thanks to new staining technique," 1 May 2020 Just Some Stories About Swords Think of it like a gruesome forensic recreation scene from Bones or the Mythbusters firing bullets into ballistics gel—but with a crime from thousands of years ago. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Archaeologists Had a Sword Fight for Science, Also Because Sword Fights Are Fun," 24 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This is a cast that gelled on screen for more than half a decade. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Sorry, Superfans: Parks and Rec’s Socially Distanced Reunion Didn’t Work," 2 May 2020 Frank, his hair gelled back and his face always wrenched into a grin, goes out of his way to be presentable. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "‘Bad Education’ Review: Adding Fraud to the Curriculum," 23 Apr. 2020 Leone said the defense has gelled with the same four starting defenders in juniors Alexis Hogarth, Malikae Dayes and Anissa Mose and sophomore Adalee Broadbent with seniors Julia New and Jlon Flippens also in the rotation. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland women’s soccer defied preseason prediction to qualify for first Big Ten tournament in program history," 1 Nov. 2019 It's also widely used in the food industry, mostly as a thickener and gelling agent. Nutrition Diva Monica Reinagel, Scientific American, "The Carrageenan Controversy," 1 July 2015 Because there's something about wondering how that might gel together differently versus seven years ago. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor: Winners at War," 15 Apr. 2020 Perhaps the only one more impressed than the Observer was the lassie’s date, his own hair colored green and gelled into a mohawk. al, "Marry Mates invite the Masked Observer into the family," 21 Feb. 2020 His hair was shorn in a Caesar cut, his fringe gelled against his forehead in the most perfect horizontal line. Douglas Stuart, The New Yorker, "Found Wanting," 6 Jan. 2020 In 2007, Angermayer met Kagame when the latter was on a state visit to Germany—and the two immediately gelled. Meghana Keshavan, Scientific American, "The Psychedelics Evangelist: A German Financier Wants to Turn Magic Mushrooms into Modern Medicine," 9 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gel.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about gel

Statistics for gel

Last Updated

29 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gel. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for gel

gel

noun
How to pronounce gel (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on gel

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for gel

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with gel

Spanish Central: Translation of gel

Nglish: Translation of gel for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of gel for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about gel

Comments on gel

What made you want to look up gel? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!