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

From the mask, all the way down to the gel (which is now one of my favorites), Oribe really created something for the naturalista looking to satisfy their bougie tendencies. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "I Tried Oribe's New Collection for Afro-Textured Hair, and Here’s My Honest Review," 4 Apr. 2019 Stick-straight Asian hair can be unforgiving when short: Shorn hair buzzed at uneven angles can’t be easily concealed by matting it down with gel. John Januzzi, The Cut, "The Best of New York Health & Self 2018," 6 Mar. 2018 Allow the fruit to fully ripen and scoop the seeds along with the gel that surrounds them and place in a jar of water. oregonlive, "How to save seed from the garden for planting next year," 17 Sep. 2019 And the gel is saturated with stem cells to help seed actual cell growth. Scientific American, "Test Pilot Geese, Planetary Wrecking Balls and Super AI Vision: The Week’s Best Science GIFs," 6 Sep. 2019 That was $900 for root planing and an extra $30 for the numbing gel. Mike Salmon, chicagotribune.com, "Dental tourism: A vacation and bargain dentistry to boot," 5 Sep. 2019 To get Bella Hadid's look, just use your fave gel and comb the hair back. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The Best Back-to-School Hairstyles Including BTS, Kylie Jenner, Yara Shahidi, and More," 16 Aug. 2019 The pads should not be placed in direct sunlight because the gel absorbs heat and will no longer work. Nicole Forsyth, The Mercury News, "Dollars and pets: Devices to help your pet stay cool," 1 Aug. 2019 The gels are also relatively cheap compared with many alternatives. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "This embryo-inspired bandage is 17 times stickier than a Band-Aid," 24 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The offensive line had a bit of trouble at times with false starts and holding calls, but those issues are fixable in practice, especially considering the line needs time to gel after replacing four starters. Evan Dudley, al, "'Still a win’: Looking back at UAB’s struggles in victory over Alabama State," 31 Aug. 2019 Should this happen, the long running movement for freedom will gel with the struggle for the restoration of special rights under India’s constitution. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "After three weeks of lockdown, this is what Kashmir looks like," 22 Aug. 2019 Is the team gelling, working together better, delivering more? Cate Huston, Quartz at Work, "How to build—and manage—a self-improving team," 19 Aug. 2019 Under the radar, a flurry of new public polls points to incremental improvements in GOP fortunes and challenges the narrative that has been gelling in most of the media’s campaign coverage. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Improving poll numbers give Republicans hope that the midterms might not be so bad," 8 Feb. 2018 This is still a team that must endure some growing pains, and their defense, while improved, still has to gel. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Artemi Panarin gives Rangers star-power promise," 1 July 2019 Pareja said this roster is strong enough to win now with little time to mesh and gel with the new squad. Ivan Orozco, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Xolos open Apertura season with road win," 19 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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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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