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 The silicone gel, which Francis purchased off of eBay and injected into Mayhew in the basement of her Queens home, entered Mayhew’s bloodstream and killed her, according to prosecutors. Fox News, "Woman pleads guilty to homicide after fatally botching silicone butt injection," 19 Oct. 2019 In general, floaters develop because the gel inside your eye starts to liquefy partially, says Laura Sperazza, O.D., director of low vision services at Lighthouse Guild in New York City. Barbara Brody, Better Homes & Gardens, "Eye Doctors Debunk 5 Common Myths (Plus, 3 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Healthy)," 7 Apr. 2020 Now, as the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) threatens people’s health around the world, the gel has become a steady fixture of daily life. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, "Is hand sanitizer bad for my microbiome?," 6 Apr. 2020 The cause: The clear gel behind the eye clumps together, allowing us to see it. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, "8 Common Vision Issues and What to Do About Them, According to Eye Doctors," 2 Apr. 2020 Since Saturday, the team at Listoke Distillery has sold hundreds of bottles of the 62% alcohol hand gel at cost for customers who need it, including fire fighters and other first responders. Kelly Mccarthy, ABC News, "How the alcohol industry is helping combat coronavirus," 19 Mar. 2020 The components used for the gel are vacuumed into a silver vat and mixed for five hours. Chico Harlan, Washington Post, "Italian hand sanitizer Amuchina inspires memes as its producer races to meet demand," 6 Mar. 2020 At Rainbow, the germ-killing gels are a few days, maybe even weeks, away from being restocked according to manufacturer notices, Frost said. Shwanika Narayan, SFChronicle.com, "What to expect at Bay Area grocery stores this weekend: Don’t panic!," 6 Mar. 2020 Only on his third try was Ken Smith able to find the clear gel — at a Walgreens, where three bottles of Purell were left. Joseph Pisani, Anchorage Daily News, "Hand sanitizer prices spike on Amazon as virus-wary consumers stock up," 4 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This is a cast that gelled on screen for more than half a decade. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Sorry, Superfans: Parks and Rec’s Socially Distanced Reunion Didn’t Work," 2 May 2020 Frank, his hair gelled back and his face always wrenched into a grin, goes out of his way to be presentable. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "‘Bad Education’ Review: Adding Fraud to the Curriculum," 23 Apr. 2020 Leone said the defense has gelled with the same four starting defenders in juniors Alexis Hogarth, Malikae Dayes and Anissa Mose and sophomore Adalee Broadbent with seniors Julia New and Jlon Flippens also in the rotation. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland women’s soccer defied preseason prediction to qualify for first Big Ten tournament in program history," 1 Nov. 2019 It's also widely used in the food industry, mostly as a thickener and gelling agent. Nutrition Diva Monica Reinagel, Scientific American, "The Carrageenan Controversy," 1 July 2015 Because there's something about wondering how that might gel together differently versus seven years ago. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor: Winners at War," 15 Apr. 2020 Perhaps the only one more impressed than the Observer was the lassie’s date, his own hair colored green and gelled into a mohawk. al, "Marry Mates invite the Masked Observer into the family," 21 Feb. 2020 His hair was shorn in a Caesar cut, his fringe gelled against his forehead in the most perfect horizontal line. Douglas Stuart, The New Yorker, "Found Wanting," 6 Jan. 2020 In 2007, Angermayer met Kagame when the latter was on a state visit to Germany—and the two immediately gelled. Meghana Keshavan, Scientific American, "The Psychedelics Evangelist: A German Financier Wants to Turn Magic Mushrooms into Modern Medicine," 9 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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15 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gel. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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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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