Definition of gelatin in US English:


(also gelatine)


  • 1A virtually colorless and tasteless water-soluble protein prepared from collagen and used in food preparation as the basis of jellies, in photographic processes, and in glue.

    • ‘After drying, the gelatin foam is cut and sterilized.’
    • ‘Flan mix is found in supermarkets near gelatin dessert mixes.’
    • ‘Remove from the heat and stir to dissolve the gelatin.’
    • ‘Early in 1961, the agency experimented on monkeys with gelatin capsules containing botulinum toxin.’
    • ‘Remove from the heat and gradually add the gelatin, stirring constantly.’
    • ‘Hard or soft gelatin capsules are produced and filled with various pharmaceutical doses.’
    • ‘When you think of a black-and-white photograph, you probably envision a silver gelatin print.’
    • ‘Combine the softened gelatin with the warm lentils and adjust seasoning.’
    • ‘In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water.’
    • ‘Only fish gelatin or vegetable oil is acceptable as a carrier, or as a processing aid ingredient.’
    • ‘For variety, try herbal teas, fruit juices or even flavored gelatin.’
    • ‘Return to the blender and add the softened gelatin and blend again.’
    • ‘Water, soup, ice pops, and flavored gelatin are all good choices.’
    • ‘Transfer the softened gelatin to a medium bowl, place over a hot water bath, and stir until dissolved.’
    • ‘The treatment doses were in an edible oil solution packaged in identical gelatin capsules.’
    • ‘Newer food dyes used in beverages and gelatin dessert mixes stain very quickly, especially red shades.’
    • ‘Eat foods that contain a lot of water, like soup or a gelatin dessert.’
    • ‘Remove from the heat and add the gelatin and vitamin C and whisk to combine.’
    • ‘Add the gelatin mixture to the syrup mixture and stir to combine.’
    • ‘In a bowl over an ice water bath, combine asparagus juice with gelatin and whip until it becomes a stiff foam.’
    1. 1.1 A high explosive consisting chiefly of a gel of nitroglycerine with added cellulose nitrate.
      • ‘The moral is that dynamite is safe and blasting gelatin is safer if they are treated with only reasonable care.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of Nobel's last significant discoveries was closely related to his work with 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.’
      • ‘Ammonia gelatin is made by adding ammonium nitrate and other ingredients to blasting gelatin.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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).