Main definitions of gel in English

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gel1

noun

  • 1[mass noun] A jelly-like substance, especially one used in cosmetic or medicinal products:

    ‘hair gel’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I set him down on the counter and then grabbed my shave gel out of the medicine cabinet.’
    • ‘They can already produce moulded gel implants and are now looking for a hospital whose surgeons are unhappy with silicone implants.’
    • ‘But these warnings are not required on shampoo, shower gel or family bubble bath, all of which can legally contain four times as much formaldehyde.’
    • ‘Do not use irritating, perfumed soaps, shower gel or deodorants.’
    • ‘The gel can be rubbed onto chrome surfaces where it forms a robust, long-lasting soft film that is virtually colourless.’
    • ‘It takes approximately 30 seconds to apply the shaving gel and 5 to 7 minutes to shave.’
    • ‘One particularly effective treatment for comedone acne is available as a cream, gel and lotion.’
    • ‘The gel was applied onto the skin with use of the fingers to apply a slight massage.’
    • ‘In recent days, plenty of baby clothes, diaper-rash ointment, teething gel and strollers have arrived, along with a lot of small checks.’
    • ‘For this reason they are usually mixed with gel or paste products to keep them in contact with the sealer longer.’
    • ‘The objecthood smeared out across the packed gel produces interference patterns, waves.’
    • ‘The clear gel is a skin prep, shaving gel and aftershave lotion.’
    • ‘Possibly he has little complimentary sachets of shampoo and shower gel too.’
    • ‘I squeezed some shampoo gel onto my hands and rubbed them quickly together, making lather.’
    • ‘Even so, I gasped when I felt the cool gel drizzle onto my back.’
    • ‘Gently easing her back onto the comfortable bed she pulled up her top and watched as the cold gel was smothered onto her belly.’
    • ‘If the mother produced only eggs, and not the additional protective coats or spacing gel, she could produce up to twice as many.’
    • ‘I was wondering if you could possibly send me any information on your shower gel products.’
    • ‘Amy tilted up his face and soothed the cool gel onto his cheekbones with her fingertips.’
    1. 1.1Chemistry A semi-solid colloidal suspension of a solid dispersed in a liquid.
  • 2Biochemistry
    A semi-rigid slab or cylinder of an organic polymer used as a medium for the separation of macromolecules.

verb

  • 1Chemistry
    [no object] Form into a gel:

    ‘the mixture gelled at 7 degrees Celsius’
    • ‘Root starches do not gel, and generally the cold paste remains comparatively clear.’
    • ‘The gelatin mixture was allowed to gel at 4°C protected from light.’
  • 2[with object] Apply gel to (the hair):

    ‘they'd gelled their hair’
    ‘short gelled hair’
    • ‘He wore formal black pants, and his blonde hair was gelled back, away from his forehead.’
    • ‘His hair hadn't been gelled today so it was slightly messed up.’
    • ‘His hair was short and gelled, making it stick up in a spiky fashion.’
    • ‘His short brown hair was gelled into place, and the grin that took up most of his face looked both genuine and permanent.’
    • ‘I scooped a handful of bubbles and rubbed it into his perfectly gelled hair.’
    • ‘His brown hair was gelled off to the side and his round, chubby face was set on his shoulders as though he didn't have a neck.’
    • ‘His short curly auburn hair was gelled to stay in position and he looked at me with huge brown eyes.’
    • ‘He wore a simple polo shirt and jeans and had his hair gelled a little.’
    • ‘I gelled my hair and then put on some rings, a bracelet, necklace, and earrings.’
    • ‘I gel my hair so it looks cool, and I don't shave so I have designer stubble.’
    • ‘Where his hair had once been gelled into the perfect position, it was now hanging into his eyes.’
    • ‘He had dark gelled hair and may have been unshaven.’
    • ‘He had short, gelled, spiky dark hair, a ring in his left eyebrow and bad skin.’
    • ‘He had dark chocolate brown hair that was gelled so it spiked slightly at the front.’
    • ‘His dark, short, spiky hair was gelled and he was wearing a dark, long-sleeved shirt with light-coloured trousers.’
    • ‘The guy looked older than Marie and had dark brown hair that was gelled.’
    • ‘His hair had been gelled so that it was messy again, as though he'd just woken up.’
    • ‘Her short black and blue hair is gelled back off her face and she has dark gothic make-up on her face.’
    • ‘The shorter man with black hair that was gelled back got impatient.’
    • ‘His carefully gelled hair was swept back into a slick hairstyle.’

Origin

Late 19th century: abbreviation of gelatin.

Pronunciation:

gel

/dʒɛl/

Main definitions of gel in English

: gel1gel2gel3

gel2

(also jell)

verb

[NO OBJECT]British
  • 1 (of a liquid) set or become more solid:

    ‘the stew is gelling’
    • ‘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.’
    set, stiffen, solidify, thicken, harden
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    1. 1.1 (of a project or idea) take a definite form or begin to work well:
      ‘everything seemed to gel for the magazine’
      • ‘Prompted by these complaints, the group's idea for a festival gelled and the planning began roughly one year ago.’
      • ‘I was living in a hotel off of the Champs-Elysees and I would wake up in the middle of the night and eventually this idea gelled.’
      • ‘Her routine on meeting Phil and Liz earlier this year is honest, self-deprecating and dry; tales of her unsuitable potty mouth at parties work well, and her take on religious guilt gels perfectly.’
      • ‘He is still a month shy of his 26th birthday, and they say in the game that only when experience gels with the physical ability and the know-how at mid-career do the strikers really find their rhythm.’
      • ‘It was really in this season that the show as a whole began to gel as something more than just a collection of sketches.’
      • ‘The idea gelled and he went to work on the pilot script.’
      • ‘There are lots of good elements, yes, but they never quite gel into a convincing whole.’
      • ‘At times it seems he isn't sure what he wants the film to be, and the comedy-thriller mixture doesn't quite gel.’
      • ‘It all gels, and the resulting story makes you feel invigorated.’
      • ‘There's even a skittish garage interlude, and it's remarkable how well the crammed, clipped two-step percussion gels with the harpsichord-augmented musical milieu.’
      • ‘That will take time but when it does gel I think it will go well.’
      • ‘It gels with the worldview of an optimist whose efforts are rewarded.’
      • ‘It was an interesting collection of parts, and worth seeing, but didn't quite gel - what did not go too far seemed not to go far enough.’
      • ‘I'll keep readers informed as the project begins to gel.’
      • ‘The incident was one of those moments when the idea of journalism really gelled in my mind.’
      • ‘As is often the case in change and cultures, it is at the frontiers of one civilisation that ideas mix and jell into new and innovative forms.’
      • ‘Despite three cast changes everybody gave a splendid performance and everything gelled except the scenery which caused them a few problems.’
      • ‘Nothing really gelled in the manner of the 1960s Bond themes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Like all the guests on our program today, she is also a practising Quaker, a faith that gels with her political ideas, and something she attributes to her family background.’
      take shape, come together, fall into place, happen, take form, form, emerge, crystallize, materialize, become definite
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    2. 1.2 (of people) work well together:
      ‘during the tour they continued to gel as a band’
      • ‘They really gelled together well, and seemed to get a great reaction from the audience.’
      • ‘Everyone has gelled well, and there is a good bit of camaraderie and very few cliques.’
      • ‘Every one of us thought it was an honor to be selected, and we gelled around that idea.’
      • ‘They struggled with each other, never really gelling as a foursome personally.’
      • ‘The early - season losses were a wake-up call, and although it has taken a bit of time to gel, we have looked better and better since Christmas.’
      • ‘The five girls are absolutely fabulous and we all gelled so well, " she remarked.’
      • ‘I was interested in him as a friend from that point on, and we really gelled well together.’
      • ‘These three go through some hard spots before they begin to gel as an improvised family.’
      • ‘Richard and I gelled really well on the day and played some super golf early on.’
      • ‘They have gelled under him, and work more as a unit, with better positional sense.’
      • ‘We have been together now for some time as a squad, and we have slowly gelled as a unit.’
      • ‘They need to gel on the pitch and in the dressing room.’
      • ‘Since about 1991, I have lived in (counts in head) three places where at least one person just did not gel with the other residents.’
      • ‘‘We are a side who are still gelling and getting to know one another and the next two weekends are crucial,’ he said.’
      • ‘We don't want to be entering the league campaign on a poor run of results, and we want to get our combinations working and our team gelling.’
      • ‘He's a very good organiser on the park and the lads are listening to him and he seems to be gelling well with them.’
      • ‘We were short of midfield players so that is why we went with three strikers but they never really gelled.’
      • ‘The personalities have gelled to a point which I might have hoped but never expected.’
      • ‘The gaffer has brought a few new faces in and we have all gelled in well.’
      • ‘I thought it might have been harder than that but that's a credit to the players who came in January and gelled so quickly.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

gel

/dʒɛl/

Main definitions of gel in English

: gel1gel2gel3

gel3

noun

British
informal
  • An upper-class or well-bred girl or young woman:

    ‘fastidiously reared Home Counties gels’
    • ‘Roaming gaggles of extremely ditsy young gels wriggle in and out of designer coffee bars.’
    • ‘All that our boys in blue need to do is sit on the top deck of a number 27 Edinburgh bus and listen for a few minutes to those posh gels on their way to lectures at the capital's university and they'd be able to dish out any number of £80 fines.’
    • ‘I can't imagine Lauren Bacall playing a debby young English gel, can you?’
    • ‘There were instances of well-bred middle-class gels entering into marriage with only the haziest idea of how babies were conceived and born.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Late 19th century: representing a pronunciation.

Pronunciation:

gel

/dʒɛl/

Main definitions of gel in English

: gel1gel2gel3

GEL

  • Georgian lari(s).

Pronunciation:

GEL

/dʒɛl/