gel

noun
\ˈjel \

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 \ 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

At eye level, Damas chooses a clear MAC gel—rather than a perfecting pencil—to keep her brows in place, and relies on only a Shiseido curler for her eyelashes. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Jeanne Damas Does French-Girl Red Lipstick—And a 5-Second Easy Bang Trim," 5 Dec. 2018 The Marine 300 comes equipped with aloe vera gel, nausea medication meclizine and a complete guide to marine medicine, which includes information on hook removal. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best First Aid Kits For Any Situation," 26 July 2018 Preferred shower gel: AERIN Rose de Grasse Body Wash What shade, if any, is usually on your toes and/or hands? Jane Larkworthy, The Cut, "Estée Lauder’s Jane Hertzmark Hudis Believes Skin Care Is Self Care," 19 June 2018 Alternate with a delightful-smelling hand sanitizer, like this 32-once lavender gel ($24.35) from EO Botanical. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 Otherwise, over-the-counter artificial tears, gels, and ointments can help. Juno Demelo, Glamour, "4 Times Vision Loss Is About More Than Your Eyes Getting Older," 13 Nov. 2018 But the cast never really gels as a cohesive whole. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Predator could have been the franchise’s chance to finally have an identity," 8 Sep. 2018 From a recycling program for your favorite hair gel to free products for frequent shoppers, here are five alternatives to throwing out your leftover beauty products. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "5 Ways to Recycle Your Makeup," 26 Oct. 2018 Alas, the Twitterverse might have to wait a bit longer for Williams to decide to reveal the name of her gel. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian's Latest Text Exchange Is One for the Books," 21 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The midfield hasn’t quite gelled yet, but with Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne there is plenty of creativity, while Romelu Lukaku looks to be in one of the patches of goalscoring form that sometimes elevates him. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "World Cup Round of 16 Power Rankings: Who Has Best Shot to Win it All?," 29 June 2018 There is also the possibility the ingredients for a big storm don’t gel and precipitation is more modest. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Mid-Atlantic storminess is likely next Tuesday and Wednesday: Meaningful snow in question," 16 Mar. 2018 Gorsuch, eyes wide, hair gelled, has the bearing of a man who sleeps well at night. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Daily Intelligencer, "How Neil Gorsuch Became the Second-Most-Polarizing Man in Washington," 28 May 2018 Trump never gelled with national security adviser H.R. McMaster, and replaced him with John Bolton, who has much more aggressive views on foreign policy, in line with Trump's own. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "The kiss of death in Trump's Cabinet is disagreeing with the boss," 3 Apr. 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 \

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 \

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 \ adjective

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