- Physical Chemistry. a semirigid colloidal dispersion of a solid with a liquid or gas, as jelly, glue, etc.
- Theater. gelatin(def 5).
- 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.
- to form or become a gel.
- jell(def 2).
Origin of gel
Examples from the Web for gelled
The quirky tenor of his voice, combined with his observant, mocking tone, gelled perfectly with the screwball proceedings.Why ‘Arrested Development’s’ Fourth Season Is a Bust: Contracts and More
May 28, 2013
He'd shaved and gelled his hair back, and had put on a crisp military dress uniform with a row of campaign ribbons on the breast.Little Brother
In a second embodiment of this invention, 1,2-butylene oxide may be used in a gelled state.U.S. Patent 4,293,314: Gelled Fuel-Air Explosive
Bertram O. Stull
- to become or cause to become a gel
- a variant spelling of jell
Word Origin and History for gelled
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.
- To become a gel.
- To convert a sol into a gel.