[ jel ]
/ dʒɛl /
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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.
verb (used without object), gelled, gel·ling.
to form or become a gel.
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Origin of gel
First recorded in 1895–1900; shortening of gelatin
OTHER WORDS FROM gelde·gel, verb (used with object), de·gelled, de·gel·ling.non·gel·ling, adjectivere·gel, verb (used without object), re·gelled, re·gel·ling.
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How to use gel in a sentence
That can include cooling gel pads or infused fills, heat absorption, or pinhole core ventilation.The best pillow: Sleep better in any position|Carsen Joenk|December 11, 2020|Popular-Science
Instead of putting dye in a bath, it puts the dye in a gel along with tiny bits of cellulose.Why today’s ‘fast fashions’ can be bad for the planet|Kathiann Kowalski|December 10, 2020|Science News For Students
Astronauts have experimented with growing them in clay “pillows” and in a special kind of gel.Could astronauts grow plants in soil? Scientists hope ISS will help them get the dirt.|Lela Nargi|November 8, 2020|Washington Post
Around the soft edges of the paintings, which are finished with gloss gel, the pigment-paste mix resembles melted wax.In the galleries: Referencing the revered Washington colorists and beyond|Mark Jenkins|November 6, 2020|Washington Post
With Kolb as CEO, the Connecticut-based company has developed Elitone, a noninvasive device composed of a small electrical controller connected to a gel pad.New help for a health problem women don’t talk about|Katie McLean|October 20, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Gluten-free noodles are often made with some sort of gelling agent like xanthan gum to bind the ingredients together.Harvard Students Play With Food|Laura Colarusso|December 28, 2010|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for gel
/ (dʒɛl) /
a semirigid jelly-like colloid in which a liquid is dispersed in a solidnondrip paint is a gel
See hair gel
theatre informal See gelatine (def. 4)
verb gels, gelling or gelled
to become or cause to become a gel
a variant spelling of jell
Word Origin for gel
C19: by shortening from gelatine
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