Definition of gelatin in English:


(also gelatine)


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One thing that sprang to mind was blasting gelatin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nobel invented many powerful and relatively safe explosives and explosive devices, including the ‘Nobel patent detonator’, dynamite, blasting gelatin, and almost smokeless blasting powder.’
    • ‘We know he became rich by inventing dynamite and blasting gelatin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The moral is that dynamite is safe and blasting gelatin is safer if they are treated with only reasonable care.’
    • ‘He later made new discoveries - primarily blasting gelatin and ballistite - and his industrial enterprises, as well as his fortune, grew.’
    • ‘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.’


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