There are 3 definitions of gel in English:

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Pronunciation: /dʒɛl
 
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noun

  • 1 [mass noun] A jelly-like substance, especially one used in cosmetic or medicinal products: hair gel
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 Chemistry A semi-solid colloidal suspension of a solid dispersed in a liquid.
  • 2 Biochemistry A semi-rigid slab or cylinder of an organic polymer used as a medium for the separation of macromolecules.

verb (gels, gelling, gelled)

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  • 1 [no object] Chemistry Form into a gel: the mixture gelled at 7 degrees Celsius
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    • 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 hair
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    • 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.

Origin

late 19th century: abbreviation of gelatin.

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There are 3 definitions of gel in English:

gel2

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Pronunciation: /dʒɛl
 
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(also jell)

verb (gels, gelling, gelled)

[no object] chiefly British
  • 1(Of a liquid) set or become more solid: the stew is gelling
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    • 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.
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  • 1.1(Of a project or idea) take a definite form or begin to work well: everything seemed to gel for the magazine
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    take shape, come together, fall into place, happen, take form, form, emerge, crystallize, materialize, become definite
  • 1.2(Of people) work well together: during the tour they continued to gel as a band
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    • 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.

Origin

late 19th century: gel from gel1; the variant jell is a back-formation from jelly.

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There are 3 definitions of gel in English:

gel3

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Pronunciation: /gɛl
 
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noun

British informal
  • An upper-class or well-bred girl or young woman: fastidiously reared Home Counties gels
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    • 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.

Origin

late 19th century: representing a pronunciation.

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