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

The request covers products including a possible perfume, bath and shower gels, beauty masks, lip gloss, nail polish, and deodorant, WWD reports. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Is Reportedly Working on a Line of Beauty Products," 9 May 2019 Pure aloe vera gel — whether out of a bottle or straight from the plant — contains cooling and soothing properties. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of a Sunburn ASAP," 16 Apr. 2019 Daily wear and tear lead to hangnails and snags, and polish and gel changes can weaken your tips over time. Emily Rekstis, Glamour, "10 Things You Can Do Now to Get Stronger, Healthier Nails ASAP," 20 Apr. 2019 Pure aloe vera gel has cooling properties that not only soothe the sting of first- and second-degree burns but also potentially promote wound healing, according to the Mayo Clinic. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why Your Sunburn Itches — And How to Stop It," 19 Apr. 2019 The sponges are actually hydrogels, gel-polymer hybrid materials that are designed to hold and contain substantial amounts of water. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Solar-Powered Hydrogel Collects Clean Water Out of Thin Air," 14 Mar. 2019 Gently brush sparkle gels on top of glaze and decorate as desired. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Coconut Cream Éclairs," 7 Mar. 2019 Sade likes to use an old toothbrush and some Eco styling gel. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "5 Ways to Style Box Braids With A Scarf," 4 Feb. 2019 Notable products on sale include the GoWISE 8-in-1 Electric Air Fryer, which is 56 percent off and on sale for $86.51, and Wayfair's popular Lucid gel memory foam mattress, which is currently 72 percent off. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Wayfair's 4-Day Clearance Sale Is Here, And The Deals Are Amazing," 18 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Several of his womenswear models had tiny strands gelled to the forehead, shaped into place using Redken’s Hardwear Gel. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Guido Palau’s Intricate Gelled Hair Stole the Show at Burberry," 17 Feb. 2019 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

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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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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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