- 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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Examples from the Web for jelling
There was juice enough for a kind of jelly which I believe had the peculiarity of never "jelling" properly.The Library of Work and Play: Outdoor Work
Mary Rogers Miller
There were also king's garths elsewhere; the one at Jelling has already been mentioned as the residence of Gorm and Thyra.Canute the Great
Laurence Marcellus Larson
- to make or become gelatinous; congeal
- (intr) to assume definite formhis ideas have jelled
- US an informal word for jelly 1
C19: back formation from jelly 1
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Word Origin and History for jelling
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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