Definition of gelatin in English:


(also gelatine)


mass noun
  • 1A virtually colourless and tasteless water-soluble protein prepared from collagen and used in food preparation, in photographic processes, and in glue.

    ‘stir the gelatin into the salmon mixture’
    count noun ‘they are testing different strength gelatins in low-calorie products’
    • ‘Only fish gelatin or vegetable oil is acceptable as a carrier, or as a processing aid ingredient.’
    • ‘After drying, the gelatin foam is cut and sterilized.’
    • ‘Add the gelatin mixture to the syrup mixture and stir to combine.’
    • ‘Water, soup, ice pops, and flavored gelatin are all good choices.’
    • ‘Remove from the heat and gradually add the gelatin, stirring constantly.’
    • ‘Transfer the softened gelatin to a medium bowl, place over a hot water bath, and stir until dissolved.’
    • ‘Return to the blender and add the softened gelatin and blend again.’
    • ‘The treatment doses were in an edible oil solution packaged in identical gelatin capsules.’
    • ‘Eat foods that contain a lot of water, like soup or a gelatin dessert.’
    • ‘In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water.’
    • ‘Remove from the heat and add the gelatin and vitamin C and whisk to combine.’
    • ‘Combine the softened gelatin with the warm lentils and adjust seasoning.’
    • ‘Flan mix is found in supermarkets near gelatin dessert mixes.’
    • ‘When you think of a black-and-white photograph, you probably envision a silver gelatin print.’
    • ‘Early in 1961, the agency experimented on monkeys with gelatin capsules containing botulinum toxin.’
    • ‘Hard or soft gelatin capsules are produced and filled with various pharmaceutical doses.’
    • ‘Newer food dyes used in beverages and gelatin dessert mixes stain very quickly, especially red shades.’
    • ‘Remove from the heat and stir to dissolve the gelatin.’
    • ‘For variety, try herbal teas, fruit juices or even flavored gelatin.’
    • ‘In a bowl over an ice water bath, combine asparagus juice with gelatin and whip until it becomes a stiff foam.’
  • 2A high explosive consisting chiefly of a gel of nitroglycerine with added cellulose nitrate.

    • ‘In 1875 Nobel created blasting gelatin, a colloidal suspension of nitrocellulose in glycerin, and in 1887 ballistite, a nearly smokeless powder especially suitable for propelling military projectiles.’
    • ‘He continued to develop new explosive devices: blasting gelatin in 1875, and in 1887 a smokeless blasting powder called ballistite, which influenced weapons design for the next quarter century.’
    • ‘One thing that sprang to mind was blasting gelatin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We know he became rich by inventing dynamite and blasting gelatin.’
    • ‘Nobel invented many powerful and relatively safe explosives and explosive devices, including the ‘Nobel patent detonator’, dynamite, blasting gelatin, and almost smokeless blasting powder.’
    • ‘Typically he set about his task straight away and it was not long until he had produced a jelly type substance which was to become blasting gelatin.’
    • ‘He later made new discoveries - primarily blasting gelatin and ballistite - and his industrial enterprises, as well as his fortune, grew.’
    • ‘One of Nobel's last significant discoveries was closely related to his work with blasting gelatin.’
    • ‘Ammonia gelatin is made by adding ammonium nitrate and other ingredients to blasting gelatin.’
    • ‘He also continued to experiment in search of better ones, and in 1875 he invented a more powerful form of dynamite, blasting gelatin, which he patented the following year.’
    • ‘Nobel was the owner of more than 350 patented inventions during his lifetime, including the blasting cap, blasting gelatin, and ballistite, one of the first nitroglycerine smokeless powders to be used as a substitute for black gunpowder.’
    • ‘The moral is that dynamite is safe and blasting gelatin is safer if they are treated with only reasonable care.’


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