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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 regel
Historical Examples
  • A verse was called a regel; a strophe, a Clause; and a burden or refrain, a Stockregel.

    A Wanderer in Holland E. V. Lucas
  • regel,74 a physician by vocation, lived in Turkestan for nine years and collected fruits and flowers as an avocation.

    The Peaches of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • regel forms its left foot, and the Hare serves for a footstool to the right foot of the hero.

    Astronomical Myths John F. Blake
  • regel, in 1875, in his monograph of the genus Allium, declares he has only seen the shallot as a cultivated species.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants Alphonse De Candolle
British Dictionary definitions for regel

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 regel

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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regel 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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for regel

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 regel

gel

gelatin

GEL

Georgia-lari (currency)
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