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

Face towel, shaving gel, basin of hot water stand watch. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "The Poems Of Aaron Caycedo-Kimura: Honoring Ones Parents," 13 June 2018 Meanwhile, something doesn’t gel between Mr. Downer’s account of the conversation and the FBI’s. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "The Curious Case of Mr. Downer," 31 May 2018 The Avengers didn’t gel as a superhero team at first because of their disparate personalities. Valerie Kalfrin, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Shot Turning the Marvel Universe Upside Down," 5 May 2018 Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner To create a class winged line on her upper lashes, Maria used Maybelline's gel liner. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "11 Waterproof Makeup Products You Have to Try," 20 Apr. 2018 Other drugstore favorites include Rimmel’s ScandalEyes gel liner in black, which La’Pearl uses to make Cardi B’s signature cat eye. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Cardi B’s Makeup Routine Involves $10 Foundation, Nose Contouring, and Body Glitter," 14 Mar. 2018 Alternate uses: Dip the ends in mascara and paint your lashes for a no-makeup look, hide eyelash glue with gel liner, and de-clump eyelashes. Brooke Shunatona, Cosmopolitan, "12 Makeup Brushes You Actually Need and Exactly How to Use Them," 8 Feb. 2018 The parent company, founded by direct-sales veteran John Rochon, also owns Tomboy Tools, a direct seller of tools for women and Agel Enterprises, which sells a line of nutritional gel products. Lillian Rizzo, WSJ, "Maker of Longaberger Baskets Seeks Bankruptcy Protection," 29 June 2018 These gel toe stretchers from Joy-a-Toes can be worn throughout a cool-down stretch to help your feet recover from a day of hard work. Julie Brown, Outside Online, "The Best Recovery Tools for Climbers," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 According to a news release, Crawford’s wound dressing portfolio includes its highly absorbent KerraMax Care range as well as KerraFoam foam and KerraCell antimicrobial gelling fiber. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio wound care leader Acelity acquires Crawford Healthcare," 8 June 2018 The two are gelling well in the defensive backfield, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "What can Da'Norris Searcy be for Panthers? More than just a starter at safety," 5 June 2018 The new European model forecast (just in) hints there is a possibility that the ingredients for a major, long duration storm do not gel and that there is another scenario, not described below, of a more moderate precipitation event. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Mid-Atlantic storminess is likely next Tuesday and Wednesday: Meaningful snow in question," 16 Mar. 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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