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Pronunciation /dʒɛl/

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noun

  • 1mass noun A a thick, clear, slightly sticky substance, especially one used in cosmetic or medicinal products.

    ‘hair gel’
    • ‘I squeezed some shampoo gel onto my hands and rubbed them quickly together, making lather.’
    • ‘I was wondering if you could possibly send me any information on your shower gel products.’
    • ‘I also discovered that my nails will be ruined, as they have glued the extensions directly on to them, rather than onto a layer of gel.’
    • ‘The gel can be rubbed onto chrome surfaces where it forms a robust, long-lasting soft film that is virtually colourless.’
    • ‘But these warnings are not required on shampoo, shower gel or family bubble bath, all of which can legally contain four times as much formaldehyde.’
    • ‘For this reason they are usually mixed with gel or paste products to keep them in contact with the sealer longer.’
    • ‘Amy tilted up his face and soothed the cool gel onto his cheekbones with her fingertips.’
    • ‘Gently easing her back onto the comfortable bed she pulled up her top and watched as the cold gel was smothered onto her belly.’
    • ‘The objecthood smeared out across the packed gel produces interference patterns, waves.’
    • ‘One particularly effective treatment for comedone acne is available as a cream, gel and lotion.’
    • ‘Possibly he has little complimentary sachets of shampoo and shower gel too.’
    • ‘If the mother produced only eggs, and not the additional protective coats or spacing gel, she could produce up to twice as many.’
    • ‘They can already produce moulded gel implants and are now looking for a hospital whose surgeons are unhappy with silicone implants.’
    • ‘I set him down on the counter and then grabbed my shave gel out of the medicine cabinet.’
    • ‘In recent days, plenty of baby clothes, diaper-rash ointment, teething gel and strollers have arrived, along with a lot of small checks.’
    • ‘The clear gel is a skin prep, shaving gel and aftershave lotion.’
    • ‘The gel was applied onto the skin with use of the fingers to apply a slight massage.’
    • ‘Even so, I gasped when I felt the cool gel drizzle onto my back.’
    • ‘Do not use irritating, perfumed soaps, shower gel or deodorants.’
    • ‘It takes approximately 30 seconds to apply the shaving gel and 5 to 7 minutes to shave.’
    1. 1.1Chemistry A semi-solid colloidal suspension of a solid dispersed in a liquid.
  • 2Biochemistry
    A semi-rigid slab or cylinder of an organic polymer used as a medium for the separation of macromolecules.

verbverb gels, verb gelling, verb gelled

[no object]
  • 1mainly British (of a liquid or semi-liquid substance) set or become more solid.

    • ‘the stew is gelling’
    set, stiffen, solidify, thicken, harden
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    1. 1.1Chemistry Form into a gel.
      ‘the mixture gelled at 7 degrees Celsius’
      • ‘The gelatin mixture was allowed to gel at 4°C protected from light.’
      • ‘Root starches do not gel, and generally the cold paste remains comparatively clear.’
  • 2mainly British (of a project or idea) take a definite form or begin to work well.

    • ‘everything seemed to gel for the magazine’
    take shape, come together, fall into place, happen, take form, form, emerge, crystallize, materialize, become definite
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    1. 2.1(of people) work well together.
      • ‘during the tour they continued to gel as a band’
  • 3mainly British with object Apply gel to (the hair)

    ‘they'd gelled their hair’
    • ‘short gelled hair’
    • ‘His short brown hair was gelled into place, and the grin that took up most of his face looked both genuine and permanent.’
    • ‘He had dark chocolate brown hair that was gelled so it spiked slightly at the front.’
    • ‘The shorter man with black hair that was gelled back got impatient.’
    • ‘Her short black and blue hair is gelled back off her face and she has dark gothic make-up on her face.’
    • ‘His carefully gelled hair was swept back into a slick hairstyle.’
    • ‘He had short, gelled, spiky dark hair, a ring in his left eyebrow and bad skin.’
    • ‘His dark, short, spiky hair was gelled and he was wearing a dark, long-sleeved shirt with light-coloured trousers.’
    • ‘His hair hadn't been gelled today so it was slightly messed up.’
    • ‘The guy looked older than Marie and had dark brown hair that was gelled.’
    • ‘He wore a simple polo shirt and jeans and had his hair gelled a little.’
    • ‘Where his hair had once been gelled into the perfect position, it was now hanging into his eyes.’
    • ‘His hair had been gelled so that it was messy again, as though he'd just woken up.’
    • ‘His short curly auburn hair was gelled to stay in position and he looked at me with huge brown eyes.’
    • ‘His brown hair was gelled off to the side and his round, chubby face was set on his shoulders as though he didn't have a neck.’
    • ‘I gelled my hair and then put on some rings, a bracelet, necklace, and earrings.’
    • ‘I scooped a handful of bubbles and rubbed it into his perfectly gelled hair.’
    • ‘He wore formal black pants, and his blonde hair was gelled back, away from his forehead.’
    • ‘His hair was short and gelled, making it stick up in a spiky fashion.’
    • ‘He had dark gelled hair and may have been unshaven.’
    • ‘I gel my hair so it looks cool, and I don't shave so I have designer stubble.’

Origin

Late 19th century abbreviation of gelatin. See also jell.

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noun

informal British
  • An upper-class or well-bred girl or young woman.

    • ‘fastidiously reared Home Counties gels’
    • ‘Roaming gaggles of extremely ditsy young gels wriggle in and out of designer coffee bars.’
    • ‘On the night I was in, there were two parties of those loud, well-bred gels who couldn't get into Oxbridge and had to study at Edinburgh instead.’
    • ‘There were instances of well-bred middle-class gels entering into marriage with only the haziest idea of how babies were conceived and born.’
    • ‘I can't imagine Lauren Bacall playing a debby young English gel, can you?’
    • ‘All that our boys in blue need to do is sit on the top deck of a number 27 Edinburgh bus and listen for a few minutes to those posh gels on their way to lectures at the capital's university and they'd be able to dish out any number of £80 fines.’

Origin

Mid 19th century representing a pronunciation of girl.

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abbreviation

  • Georgian lari(s).