verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
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
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Historical Examples of jelled
verb jells, jelling, jelled, gels, gelling or gelled
to make or become gelatinous; congeal
(intr) to assume definite formhis ideas have jelled
Word Origin for jell
C19: back formation from jelly 1
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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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