- to congeal; become jellylike in consistency.
- to become clear, substantial, or definite; crystallize: The plan began to jell once we all met to discuss it.
- to cause to jell.
Origin of jell
First recorded in 1820–30; back formation from jelly
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Related Words for jelledmaterialize, crystallize, stiffen, thicken, set, finalize, form, condense, freeze, harden, jelly, congeal, solidify, clot, cohere, stick, gelatinize, jellify, gel
Examples from the Web for jelled
Historical Examples of jelled
- to make or become gelatinous; congeal
- (intr) to assume definite formhis ideas have jelled
- US an informal word for jelly 1
Word Origin for jell
C19: back formation from jelly 1
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Word Origin and History for jelled
1830, American English, probably a back-formation of jelly (v.). Related: Jelled; jelling. Figurative sense is first attested 1908. Middle English had gelen "congeal," but it disappeared 15c.
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