Definition of jell in English:



  • 1 (of jelly or a similar substance) set or become firmer.

    ‘the stew is jelling’
    • ‘After jelling up his hair and throwing a pen and a notebook in his book bag, he sighed and walked down stairs into the kitchen ‘she's up’ he said to Mark ‘and your cooking?’’
    • ‘Poor Hall Jr, his hair jelled straight upwards as though in shock, described the experience as ‘rather painful.’’
    set, stiffen, solidify, thicken, harden
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    1. 1.1 (of a project or idea) take a definite shape; begin to work well.
      ‘everything seemed to jell for the magazine’
      • ‘But it wasn't until her junior year that everything jelled.’
      • ‘I was at the peak of my career at the time, and everything jelled for me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This flick combined some slick writing with some nice film making along with acting ensemble that jelled together.’
      • ‘It doesn't jell as a masterful concept album the way The Soft Bulletin does, but it's still a pretty electro-pop recording with many symphonic flourishes to make your heart and mind soar.’
      • ‘Until he realized, everything jelled in his mind, the trial, later things developed that - he did an excellent job.’
      • ‘One could perhaps speculate that Winterbottom has simply struck it lucky with this film, managing to jell all these elements together in a successful fashion without having to contribute anything original himself to the project.’
      • ‘It's competently made and acted, but it never jells into something more interesting or fun or engaging.’
      • ‘As she worked, the blue gown with its fancy tippets faded away, leaving her naked for an instant before new garb swam itself over her body and jelled into its final color and shape.’
      • ‘To many, Fuji Rock '99 was where and when the festival jelled into one of the world's finest music extravaganzas.’
      • ‘Deepak Dev's music jells with the situations in the story, as also Kaithapram's lyrics.’
      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) relate well to one another.
      ‘it's gratifying seeing everybody jelling’
      • ‘‘We jelled despite our differences,’ Connolly said.’
      • ‘The team is jelling very well, and we are learning and getting better.’
      • ‘It wasn't until Labbe arrived near th end of 2001 that the team began to jell.’
      • ‘It's imperative that the defense jells quickly, but that could be difficult with as many as six new starters.’
      • ‘We've jelled as a team over the last two seasons, and now we can execute our plan.’
      • ‘So you come here, and everyone just jells together and gets along.’
      • ‘Lazy on the court and divisive in the locker room, Rider festers, and a team with six new players never jells.’
      • ‘However, as the offensive line jells and the young starters improve, Moore should be freed up to play a more expanded role.’
      • ‘The team is jelling, and as with any type of racing, you have your ups and downs.’
      • ‘A defense that features 10 new starters is jelling into a cohesive unit and is making more of an impact each week.’
      • ‘Luke was at the wedding as well, and Alex's relationship with him seems to be jelling.’
      • ‘Once you start jelling as a team, good things happen.’
      • ‘Under Shotton, the team which would dominate the NL for much of the next decade began to jell.’
      • ‘Everyone is just doing their jobs so well that we've jelled into a championship team.’
      • ‘No matter who starts, this group must jell quickly.’
      • ‘This year, the offensive line is jelling, even though starting LT Ephraim Salaam has been out with a knee injury.’
      • ‘This team just jelled together, a complete team effort, and the players deserve a lot of credit.’


Mid 18th century: back-formation from jelly.