- 1 [mass noun] A jelly-like substance, especially one used in cosmetic or medicinal products: hair gelMore example sentences
- I squeezed some shampoo gel onto my hands and rubbed them quickly together, making lather.
- I was wondering if you could possibly send me any information on your shower gel products.
- I also discovered that my nails will be ruined, as they have glued the extensions directly on to them, rather than onto a layer of gel.
verb (gels, gelling, gelled)Back to top
- 1 [no object] Chemistry Form into a gel: the mixture gelled at 7 degrees CelsiusMore example sentences
- The gelatin mixture was allowed to gel at 4°C protected from light.
- Root starches do not gel, and generally the cold paste remains comparatively clear.
- 2 [with object] Apply gel to (the hair): they’d gelled their hair (as adjective gelled) short gelled hairMore example sentences
- His short brown hair was gelled into place, and the grin that took up most of his face looked both genuine and permanent.
- He had dark chocolate brown hair that was gelled so it spiked slightly at the front.
- The shorter man with black hair that was gelled back got impatient.
late 19th century: abbreviation of gelatin.
verb (gels, gelling, gelled)[no object] chiefly British
- 1(Of a liquid) set or become more solid: the stew is gellingMore example sentences
- The water jells, almost, with vegetation, so that light winds no longer leave a mark.
- The effect is termed ‘gelatinization’, but has nothing to do with gelatin, which gels similarly but is a protein.
- 1.1(Of a project or idea) take a definite form or begin to work well: everything seemed to gel for the magazineMore example sentences
- Prompted by these complaints, the group's idea for a festival gelled and the planning began roughly one year ago.
- As ideas begin to gel, I give students a size limitation, showing them the precut slabs of clay from which they will need to sculpt their character as well as a base.
- The idea gelled and he went to work on the pilot script.
- 1.2(Of people) work well together: during the tour they continued to gel as a bandMore example sentences
- I was interested in him as a friend from that point on, and we really gelled well together.
- They really gelled together well, and seemed to get a great reaction from the audience.
- The five girls are absolutely fabulous and we all gelled so well, " she remarked.
nounBritish • informal
- An upper-class or well-bred girl or young woman: fastidiously reared Home Counties gelsMore example sentences
- Roaming gaggles of extremely ditsy young gels wriggle in and out of designer coffee bars.
- On the night I was in, there were two parties of those loud, well-bred gels who couldn't get into Oxbridge and had to study at Edinburgh instead.
- There were instances of well-bred middle-class gels entering into marriage with only the haziest idea of how babies were conceived and born.
late 19th century: representing a pronunciation.