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verb (used without object)
  1. to congeal; become jellylike in consistency.
  2. to become clear, substantial, or definite; crystallize: The plan began to jell once we all met to discuss it.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to jell.
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Origin of jell

First recorded in 1820–30; back formation from jelly
Related formshalf-jelled, adjectiveun·jelled, adjective
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Related Words for jelled

materialize, 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

  • The stuff had cooled and jelled into a half-solid condition.

    The Water Eater

    Win Marks

  • But in five or six years after, when your character has jelled, and you've hit your pace, you'll bless me for it.

British Dictionary definitions for jelled



verb jells, jelling, jelled, gels, gelling or gelled
  1. to make or become gelatinous; congeal
  2. (intr) to assume definite formhis ideas have jelled
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  1. US an informal word for jelly 1
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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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