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

Isolate chitosan from mushrooms and dissolve it in water to create a viscous gel. Natalie R. Rubio, The Conversation, "So far cultured meat has been burgers – the next big challenge is animal-free steaks," 5 July 2019 Adding chitosan to the mix created a gel that could hold more water—and increased the amount of intermediate water as a result. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "New solar technology could produce clean drinking water for millions in need," 28 June 2019 Of the many options available, PackIt products are especially cool — double entendre intended — because the bags have a freezable gel built into their walls. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, "These gadgets will keep summer dining safe," 26 June 2019 For the study, published in 2004 in Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis, one half the participants applied a gel containing 80 percent water as well as aloe vera extract, vitamin E, and squalane twice a day for two weeks. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What the Heck Is Squalane Oil and Why Is It Suddenly in All My Skin-Care Products?," 20 June 2019 Set with gel or brow powder to set unruly brows in place and keep everything nice and symmetrical. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "How to Shape Your Eyebrows, According to a Brow Expert," 4 June 2019 After the two weeks of treatment and an additional two weeks without treatment, the group that received the gel showed significant improvements in itching and redness compared to the control group. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What the Heck Is Squalane Oil and Why Is It Suddenly in All My Skin-Care Products?," 20 June 2019 My wife returned to the table, the tech applied the cool gel to her still small belly, placed the wand across her stomach and our baby appeared on the screen. Amy Joyce, Washington Post, "This is Fatherhood," 13 June 2019 The gel uses enzymes to remove burned tissue before surgeons attach skin grafts. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "Fast-growing Vericel finds success on two fronts: knee surgery and burn care," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

An eruption usually requires at least 50 percent to gel in this gooey hot state. National Geographic, "How dangerous are supervolcanoes? Get the facts.," 19 Mar. 2019 At Burberry, taut, sopping-wet knots featured baby hairs gelled intricately to the forehead, while both JW Anderson and Richard Quinn put forth glassy, sculptural coifs. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "9 Beauty Trends That Blew Up on the Fall 2019 Runways," 8 Mar. 2019 After two years of gelling together, Le Carre Magique could finally put their abilities towards some competitive actions as the European Championships rolled around. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 9 Weeks to Go - France's Magnificent Midfield Quartet, Le Carré Magique," 19 Apr. 2018 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

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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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