Definition of gelatin in English:


Syllabification: gel·a·tin
Pronunciation: /ˈjelətn
(also chiefly • dated gelatine)


  • 1A virtually colorless and tasteless water-soluble protein prepared from collagen and used in food preparation as the basis of jellies, in photographic processes, and in glue.
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    • In a bowl over an ice water bath, combine asparagus juice with gelatin and whip until it becomes a stiff foam.
    • When you think of a black-and-white photograph, you probably envision a silver gelatin print.
    • Return to the blender and add the softened gelatin and blend again.
  • 1.1 (usually blasting gelatin) A high explosive consisting chiefly of a gel of nitroglycerine with added cellulose nitrate.
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    • Since that time - and even more since Nobel's development of nitroglycerin-based blasting gelatin in 1875-its impact on the mining and construction industries has been profound.
    • One thing that sprang to mind was blasting gelatin.
    • One of Nobel's last significant discoveries was closely related to his work with blasting gelatin.


early 19th century: from French gélatine, from Italian gelatina, from gelata, from Latin (see jelly).

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