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 Electronic Toy Gun What: The gun shoots gel pellets that, according to the manufacturer, shatter on impact and don’t leave a mark — on clothing and surfaces. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Guns, slime and yetis: The 10 worst toys of 2019, according to consumer watchdog group," 20 Nov. 2019 Hargis smeared clear gel onto Holly’s belly, and began sliding a wand over it. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, "The New Front Line of the Anti-Abortion Movement," 11 Nov. 2019 There are two brow gels in the line, each priced at $18. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Saie is the Clean Makeup Brand You're About to See Everywhere," 7 Nov. 2019 Then there’s pectin, the same substance present in apples, quince and orange that gives jam and marmalade its soft gel-like structure. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "A Brown Kitchen recipe: Rajma (Kidney Bean Stew)," 25 Oct. 2019 With thick, fake eyelashes, bedazzled gel extension nails, exaggerated lip makeup and flashy jewelry, YouTube star Natalie Wynn opens the first few minutes of one recent video dressed in drag. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, "This Baltimore YouTube star wants to change minds about transgender issues, one absurd costume at a time," 25 Oct. 2019 Millions of women have implants, silicone sacks filled with saltwater or silicone gel that are used to enlarge the breasts for cosmetic reasons or to rebuild them after a mastectomy for breast cancer. BostonGlobe.com, "Women considering surgery to receive breast implants should be warned of the risk of serious complications, including fatigue, joint pain, and the possibility of a rare type of cancer, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.," 24 Oct. 2019 But from a summer trip to Spain to preseason scrimmages, fall practices and even team bowling nights, a lot of time has been spent trying to get all of UCF’s new pieces to gel. Brian Murphy, orlandosentinel.com, "Revamped UCF basketball squad to tip off season against Prairie View A&M," 24 Oct. 2019 Francis, 39, operated from the basement of a Queens home, used a massage table as an exam table and bought silicone gel from eBay, the district attorney's statement says. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Woman pleads guilty to killing another woman in 'botched butt injection procedure,' district attorney says," 20 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Notre Dame looked much better against Duke as the offense and defense finally gelled and played a solid game. Cameron Dasilva, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Navy-Notre Dame odds: Fighting Irish favored in South Bend," 15 Nov. 2019 The team returned the bulk of a roster that took most of last season to gel before finding a rhythm on the way to 48 wins and a Western Conference playoff berth. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Spurs players take ownership for defensive woes," 14 Nov. 2019 The network hopes that Dokoupil, who previously served as a CBS Sunday Morning contributor and a daily reporter for the weekday morning show, will gel with his co-hosts and provide a long-term solution in the time slot. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tony Dokoupil Is Getting the Hang of Morning Television," 23 Oct. 2019 While no one ever doubted Stone's acting skills, some did wonder how the funny, bright-eyed star of movies like Easy A and La La Land would gel with a character this, well, cruel. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "The First Look of Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil Is Here," 25 Aug. 2019 Electrolytes come in many varieties, including soluble salts, acids, or other bases in liquid, gelled, and dry formats. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What About Calcium Batteries?," 9 Sep. 2019 The team as a whole are looking fierce, too, with new players gelling well and a the system functioning smoothly. SI.com, "England vs Kosovo Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 8 Sep. 2019 The behind-the-camera team will also take time to gel as Jimmy Platt follows Chip Dean’s 18-year run as director. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland Finding an Easy Rapport on MNF Broadcast," 10 Sep. 2019 People with such vastly different backgrounds often don’t gel. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Unless Chicago’s crime problem dramatically improves, Superintendent Eddie Johnson will have to go," 10 July 2019

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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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Last Updated

28 Nov 2019

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“Gel.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gel?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=g&file=gel00001. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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More Definitions for gel

gel

noun
How to pronounce gel (audio)

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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