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’
    • ‘The gel was applied onto the skin with use of the fingers to apply a slight massage.’
    • ‘The clear gel is a skin prep, shaving gel and aftershave lotion.’
    • ‘The gel can be rubbed onto chrome surfaces where it forms a robust, long-lasting soft film that is virtually colourless.’
    • ‘If the mother produced only eggs, and not the additional protective coats or spacing gel, she could produce up to twice as many.’
    • ‘Amy tilted up his face and soothed the cool gel onto his cheekbones with her fingertips.’
    • ‘Even so, I gasped when I felt the cool gel drizzle onto my back.’
    • ‘It takes approximately 30 seconds to apply the shaving gel and 5 to 7 minutes to shave.’
    • ‘I set him down on the counter and then grabbed my shave gel out of the medicine cabinet.’
    • ‘For this reason they are usually mixed with gel or paste products to keep them in contact with the sealer longer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One particularly effective treatment for comedone acne is available as a cream, gel and lotion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They can already produce moulded gel implants and are now looking for a hospital whose surgeons are unhappy with silicone implants.’
    • ‘The objecthood smeared out across the packed gel produces interference patterns, waves.’
    • ‘Gently easing her back onto the comfortable bed she pulled up her top and watched as the cold gel was smothered onto her belly.’
    • ‘In recent days, plenty of baby clothes, diaper-rash ointment, teething gel and strollers have arrived, along with a lot of small checks.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘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’
    ‘short gelled hair’
    • ‘His hair was short and gelled, making it stick up in a spiky fashion.’
    • ‘His hair hadn't been gelled today so it was slightly messed up.’
    • ‘The shorter man with black hair that was gelled back got impatient.’
    • ‘His short curly auburn hair was gelled to stay in position and he looked at me with huge brown eyes.’
    • ‘I scooped a handful of bubbles and rubbed it into his perfectly gelled hair.’
    • ‘He wore a simple polo shirt and jeans and had his hair gelled a little.’
    • ‘His dark, short, spiky hair was gelled and he was wearing a dark, long-sleeved shirt with light-coloured trousers.’
    • ‘His hair had been gelled so that it was messy again, as though he'd just woken up.’
    • ‘He had short, gelled, spiky dark hair, a ring in his left eyebrow and bad skin.’
    • ‘The guy looked older than Marie and had dark brown hair that was gelled.’
    • ‘He had dark chocolate brown hair that was gelled so it spiked slightly at the front.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His carefully gelled hair was swept back into a slick hairstyle.’
    • ‘He wore formal black pants, and his blonde hair was gelled back, away from his forehead.’
    • ‘Her short black and blue hair is gelled back off her face and she has dark gothic make-up on her face.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His short brown hair was gelled into place, and the grin that took up most of his face looked both genuine and permanent.’

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 effect is termed ‘gelatinization’, but has nothing to do with gelatin, which gels similarly but is a protein.’
    • ‘The water jells, almost, with vegetation, so that light winds no longer leave a mark.’
    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’
      • ‘The incident was one of those moments when the idea of journalism really gelled in my mind.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was really in this season that the show as a whole began to gel as something more than just a collection of sketches.’
      • ‘Nothing really gelled in the manner of the 1960s Bond themes.’
      • ‘That will take time but when it does gel I think it will go well.’
      • ‘I'll keep readers informed as the project begins to gel.’
      • ‘At times it seems he isn't sure what he wants the film to be, and the comedy-thriller mixture doesn't quite gel.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It all gels, and the resulting story makes you feel invigorated.’
      • ‘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 gels with the worldview of an optimist whose efforts are rewarded.’
      • ‘There are lots of good elements, yes, but they never quite gel into a convincing whole.’
      • ‘Prompted by these complaints, the group's idea for a festival gelled and the planning began roughly one year ago.’
      • ‘The idea gelled and he went to work on the pilot script.’
      • ‘Despite three cast changes everybody gave a splendid performance and everything gelled except the scenery which caused them a few problems.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2(of people) work well together.
      ‘during the tour they continued to gel as a band’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was interested in him as a friend from that point on, and we really gelled well together.’
      • ‘Everyone has gelled well, and there is a good bit of camaraderie and very few cliques.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The five girls are absolutely fabulous and we all gelled so well, " she remarked.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They struggled with each other, never really gelling as a foursome personally.’
      • ‘They really gelled together well, and seemed to get a great reaction from the audience.’
      • ‘We were short of midfield players so that is why we went with three strikers but they never really gelled.’
      • ‘They have gelled under him, and work more as a unit, with better positional sense.’
      • ‘Every one of us thought it was an honor to be selected, and we gelled around that idea.’
      • ‘Richard and I gelled really well on the day and played some super golf early on.’
      • ‘‘We are a side who are still gelling and getting to know one another and the next two weekends are crucial,’ he said.’
      • ‘We have been together now for some time as a squad, and we have slowly gelled as a unit.’
      • ‘The personalities have gelled to a point which I might have hoped but never expected.’
      • ‘These three go through some hard spots before they begin to gel as an improvised family.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They need to gel on the pitch and in the dressing room.’

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’
    • ‘I can't imagine Lauren Bacall playing a debby young English gel, can you?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.

Pronunciation:

gel

/ɡɛl/

Main definitions of gel in English

: gel1gel2gel3

GEL

  • Georgian lari(s).