gel

noun
\ ˈjel How to pronounce gel (audio) \
plural gels

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: such as
a : hair gel
b : hand gel

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 gel (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 There are two types of breast implants: saline and silicone gel. Brianna Lewis, Glamour, "7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Getting Breast Implants," 26 Apr. 2021 In Miami, Michael Capponi, the founder and executive director of the non-profit Global Empowerment Mission, is filling containers with pre-packed boxes of food, water, face masks and hand gel to send to the island. Patrick Oppmann, CNN, "Parts of Caribbean island of St. Vincent unrecognizable after volcano erupts," 24 Apr. 2021 Made with Hotel plush gel fiber which results in a soft and comfortable pillow. Maren Estrada, BGR, "These 10 special Amazon deals can only be unlocked by Prime members," 21 Apr. 2021 The primary difference between gel and dip powder manicures? Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "The Major Differences Between Gel and Dip Powder Nails," 17 Apr. 2021 For best results, use refrigerated gel within three days. Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, "How to make aloe vera juice," 11 Apr. 2021 The pretty pink formula goes on like a cooling gel-cream and is infused with watermelon, hyaluronic acid, and AHAs that gently exfoliate and refine the look of pores as you snooze. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "Sephora's Huge Spring Savings Sale Just Kicked Off—Here Are 10 Discounted Products You Don’t Want to Miss Out On," 9 Apr. 2021 This gel liner kit is made with a vegan formula and comes with three color cream pencils: a matte butter yellow, a matte plum, and a metallic rose. Cheyann Neades, Better Homes & Gardens, "16 Affordable Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Any Type of Mom—All Under $25," 7 Apr. 2021 This hydrating gel body wash with caffeine might be the perfect addition to your morning routine. Kasey Caminiti, Forbes, "9 Body Washes Every Woman Needs In Her Shower," 5 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The argument in favor of these offseason practices is based on the assumption that players need reps during OTAs to develop and learn while teams need the practices to gel. Star Tribune, "Vikings players won't be attending voluntary offseason workouts, but are OTAs valuable or not?," 21 Apr. 2021 But this does not always gel with my lifestyle, man. David Shultz, Outside Online, "Is This App the Future of AI Workouts?," 13 Apr. 2021 But the life of a social media influencer doesn’t always gel with the demands of being an artist. New York Times, "The Boom and Bust of TikTok Artists," 26 Mar. 2021 The Nectar gel memory foam mattress provides plush pressure relief for side sleepers and supports the spine. Jillian Mueller, Better Homes & Gardens, "The 8 Best RV Mattresses to Help You Stay Well-Rested on the Road," 22 Mar. 2021 Kris Humphries just did not gel with this family…or Kim—and this date at STK illustrates that perfectly. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," 18 Mar. 2021 The Pistons are still looking for lineups that gel offensively. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Top takeaways from Detroit Pistons' preseason finale vs. Washington Wizards," 20 Dec. 2020 Thus, the film plays out like a mashup of a couple underdeveloped ideas that never fully gel. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "'Fatman' should be the dumbest fun. Instead, it's just an action movie with some elves," 9 Nov. 2020 Dwane Casey hasn't been able to leave him on the bench for long stretches as the Pistons continue to figure out how to gel as a team. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Jerami Grant getting just what he wanted, becoming a go-to scoring option," 29 Dec. 2020

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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

2 May 2021

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“Gel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gel. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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 gel (audio) \ adjective

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