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gel

[jel] /dʒɛl/
noun
1.
Physical Chemistry. a semirigid colloidal dispersion of a solid with a liquid or gas, as jelly, glue, etc.
2.
Theater. gelatin (def 5).
3.
Biochemistry. a semirigid polymer, as agarose, starch, cellulose acetate, or polyacrylamide, cast into slabs or cylinders for the electrophoretic separation of proteins and nucleic acids.
verb (used without object), gelled, gelling.
4.
to form or become a gel.
5.
jell (def 2).
Origin of gel
1895-1900
1895-1900; shortening of gelatin
Related forms
degel, verb (used with object), degelled, degelling.
nongelling, adjective
regel, verb (used without object), regelled, regelling.
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Examples from the Web for gel
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  • Excuse me, ma'am, but when you say I've done nothing for my gel here I suppose you'll allow I've kept her and educated her?

  • The gel wobbled past him, slumped suddenly, flowed under a door.

    It Could Be Anything John Keith Laumer
  • Meantime, there's talk goin' on in this town concernin' the gel an' her livin' at Three Star.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • But show me the daughter that could do better for herself than my gel's father has done for her.

  • I knew that Will wanted the gel—ay, and haven't I played him a trick on that very account?

    A Girl of the People L. T. Meade
  • You shall read it aloud to me, my gel—or, better still, I'll read it to you.

    Sue, A Little Heroine L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for gel

gel

/dʒɛl/
noun
1.
a semirigid jelly-like colloid in which a liquid is dispersed in a solid: nondrip paint is a gel
2.
See hair gel
3.
(theatre, informal) See gelatine (sense 4)
verb gels, gelling, gelled
4.
to become or cause to become a gel
5.
a variant spelling of jell
Word Origin
C19: by shortening from gelatine
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Word Origin and History for gel
n.

1899, as a chemical term, short for gelatin and perhaps influenced by jell. The invention of this word is credited to Scottish chemist Thomas Graham (1805-1869). Hair-styling sense is from 1958. The verb meaning "to become a gel" is attested by 1902; figurative sense is from 1958. Related: Gelled; gelling.

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gel in Medicine

gel (jěl)
n.
A colloid in which the disperse phase combines with the dispersion medium to produce a semisolid material. v. gelled, gel·ling, gels

  1. To become a gel.

  2. To convert a sol into a gel.

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Slang definitions & phrases for gel

gel

verb

  1. To come to a firm and useful form; work: In this highly partisan county, it just didn't gel/ If this doesn't gel, the local people will be stuck/ Frost's saga fails to jell either as compelling drama or convincing social portraiture (1950s+)
  2. (also jell out) To relax; chill out, kick back: After having five hours of class today I think I'll just go home and gel (1980s+ Students)

[second sense perhaps fr the notion of productively sitting still as a gelatin pudding does]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for gel

gel

gelatin

GEL

Georgia-lari (currency)
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