- 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 gel
My stranger-friend left the room to let the gel mask sit on my face for a bit.I Got a $180 Bird-Poop Facial
August 6, 2013
Wilkinson says the gel combats the “I had a run-in with a can of paint” defense.High-Tech Anti-Riot Gear
August 14, 2011
But waiting for a draft-Clark movement to gel turned out to be problematic.Mitch Daniels' Hamlet Complex
May 9, 2011
The first step is to gel your hair and hit the gym to work on your fitness.9 Great Jersey Shore Moments
Sujay Kumar, The Daily Beast Video
July 28, 2010
But show me the daughter that could do better for herself than my gel's father has done for her.
A puff of wind and a slant of rain, as I've been saying to my gel here.
Do you think I'm not doing my best for you, gel—my very best?
You shall read it aloud to me, my gel—or, better still, I'll read it to you.
I'm soory fur the gel, but ef she had the locket, of course she tuk the locket.
- to become or cause to become a gel
- a variant spelling of jell
Word Origin and History for gel
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.