- 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.
- to form or become a gel.
- jell(def 2).
Origin of gel
Examples from the Web for regel
Historical Examples of regel
Regel,74 a physician by vocation, lived in Turkestan for nine years and collected fruits and flowers as an avocation.The Peaches of New York
U. P. Hedrick
Regel, in 1875, in his monograph of the genus Allium, declares he has only seen the shallot as a cultivated species.Origin of Cultivated Plants
Alphonse De Candolle
Regel forms its left foot, and the Hare serves for a footstool to the right foot of the hero.Astronomical Myths
John F. Blake
A verse was called a Regel; a strophe, a Clause; and a burden or refrain, a Stockregel.A Wanderer in Holland
E. V. Lucas
- to become or cause to become a gel
- a variant spelling of jell
Word Origin for gel
1899, as a chemical term, short for gelatin and perhaps influenced by jell. The invention of this word is credited to Scottish chemist Thomas Graham (1805-1869). Hair-styling sense is from 1958. The verb meaning "to become a gel" is attested by 1902; figurative sense is from 1958. Related: Gelled; gelling.
- A colloid in which the disperse phase combines with the dispersion medium to produce a semisolid material.
- To become a gel.
- To convert a sol into a gel.