Wilkinson says the gel combats the “I had a run-in with a can of paint” defense.
The first step is to gel your hair and hit the gym to work on your fitness.
My stranger-friend left the room to let the gel mask sit on my face for a bit.
But waiting for a draft-Clark movement to gel turned out to be problematic.
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.
Meantime, there's talk goin' on in this town concernin' the gel an' her livin' at Three Star.
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?
You shall read it aloud to me, my gel—or, better still, I'll read it to you.
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.
A colloid in which the disperse phase combines with the dispersion medium to produce a semisolid material. v. gelled, gel·ling, gels
To become a gel.
To convert a sol into a gel.
[second sense perhaps fr the notion of productively sitting still as a gelatin pudding does]