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 Without the gel, the larvae would have emerged as adult mosquitoes in search of a blood meal. Washington Post, "Zanzibar tests drones spraying rice fields to fight malaria," 5 Nov. 2019 That’s because when natural gas, gel, electricity, or propane feeds into the unit, fire will emit from precise gaps in the artificial logs—which are usually concrete or ceramic, Galinsky notes. Kelly Dawson, House Beautiful, "What to Know About Ventless Fireplaces," 29 Oct. 2019 The kits include gauze pads, burn gel, tourniquets, tweezers and more. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Iraq War veteran trains Pewaukee School District staff on how to deal with bleeding emergencies from events like an active shooter," 25 Oct. 2019 But our absolute favorite item is the transparent, shimmering gel that can be used on the face and body. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "The Compact," 10 Oct. 2019 The coach was ejected after receiving a four-year suspension for violations that involved pushing his runners to use pills, gels, and infusions in ways designed to stretch the rules without breaking them. BostonGlobe.com, "DOHA, Qatar — Not a single runner passing through the orbit of famed track coach Alberto Salazar has been implicated for doping, so when Donavan Brazier coasted in for a blowout victory Tuesday in the 800-meter race at the world championships, there was no reason to suspect he would be, either.," 2 Oct. 2019 Salazar’s experiments with performance-enhancing chemicals, gels, injections and infusions were known at the top levels of Nike. Jeff Manning, oregonlive, "Alberto Salazar doping ban rocks track and field world," 2 Oct. 2019 Imran Karim said that some labs do the work of approximating various products and then actively try to sell those nameless liquids, gels, and creams to existing brands. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "The Mysterious Economics of Face Wash," 6 Sep. 2019 Laser light projects an image on the gel, hardening light-sensitive polymers into the shape of an artificial organ. Scientific American, "Test Pilot Geese, Planetary Wrecking Balls and Super AI Vision: The Week’s Best Science GIFs," 6 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of gel was in 1899

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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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