gel

1 of 2

noun

plural gels
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: such as
a
b

gel

2 of 2

verb

gelled; gelling

intransitive verb

1
: to change into or take on the form of a gel : set
2
gelable 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
What’s more, the translucent primer has a gel formulation that comfortably sits on skin all day, extending the wear of makeup. Jenny Berg, Vogue, 4 Apr. 2024 Kiddos get two 10-ounce pump bottles of lemon and tangerine gel and a 12-ounce pump bottle of vanilla whip, plus a mixing bowl and recipe cards for six custom creations. Christin Perry, Parents, 29 Mar. 2024 Favorite nail technique: Definitely learning how to sculpt with solid UV gel and using pendants, crystals, and other 3D charms and objects that most people wouldn’t have thought to place on a nail. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 29 Mar. 2024 Just note: Unlike your average sunscreen, this pick is a clear lightweight gel. Glamour, 29 Mar. 2024 The cold pack is a heft plastic bag filled with a frozen, non-toxic, water-soluble gel that you're supposed to dump in the trash. PCMAG, 27 Mar. 2024 Soluble fiber: Forms a gel in water, which promotes well-hydrated and consolidated bowel movements. Suzanne Finkel, Verywell Health, 25 Mar. 2024 Essie Gel Couture Rock the Runway $4 $13 View On Ulta $13 Launched in 2016, this cheery red shade was one of Essie's first long-wear gel launches. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, 25 Mar. 2024 Product Details Key Nutrients: Omega-3 DHA and EPA Recommended Use: Take two soft gels daily, with food, or as directed by your health care professional. Casey Seiden, Parents, 22 Mar. 2024
Verb
Now, paired with Draymond Green in the Warriors’ starting lineup that has gelled during their season-high six game win streak, the 24-year-old rookie is making a serious All-Rookie push. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 5 Apr. 2024 There’s also a good-hearted indeterminacy at the show’s core that keeps the catty premise from gelling with its nobler themes. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2024 The bob is deeply parted to one side as many ‘40s and ’50s hairstyles often were, with a few swoopy little ringlets gelled down across her forehead. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 29 Feb. 2024 If the thought of a daunting workout—whether that’s an hour-long spin class, a five-mile run, or a hot yoga session—is enough to keep you hiding under the covers, make things less intimidating by planning for shorter workouts that actually gel with your schedule. Alexa Tucker, SELF, 10 Jan. 2024 Couple that core tenet with the more iconic shapes within the Batur’s bodywork, such as the wheel haunches, and a concept began to gel for Ferraresi. Sean Evans, Robb Report, 13 Dec. 2023 Their 16-3 record since Dec. 1 is the best in the league as the core unit of Leonard, Paul George and Russell Westbrook has gelled with James Harden, who was acquired in a Nov. 1 trade with Philadelphia. George, who arrived with Leonard in 2019, and Harden are also eligible for extensions. Joe Reedy, USA TODAY, 10 Jan. 2024 After gazing at the remaining words for a few minutes and clicking on a few to see what would gel in my brain, both the blues and purples hit me like a ton of bricks. Kris Holt, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Killers of the Flower Moon marks the first movie where Martin Scorsese unites his longtime muses Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio — but their different working styles didn't always gel. Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 19 Oct. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

gelatin

First Known Use

Noun

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gel was in 1899

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Cite this Entry

“Gel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gel. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

gel

1 of 2 noun
: a solid jellylike colloid (as gelatin dessert)

gel

2 of 2 verb
gelled; gelling
: to change into or take on the form of a gel

Medical Definition

gel

1 of 2 noun
: a colloid in a more solid form than a sol

gel

2 of 2 intransitive verb
gelled; gelling
: to change into or take on the form of a gel
gelable adjective

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