Main definitions of gel in English

: gel1gel2

gel1

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noun

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

    • ‘hair gel’
    1. 1.1Chemistry A semisolid colloidal suspension of a solid dispersed in a liquid.
  • 2Biochemistry
    A semirigid slab or cylinder of an organic polymer used as a medium for the separation of macromolecules.

Pronunciation

gel

/jel/ /dʒɛl/

intransitive verbintransitive verb gels, intransitive verb gelling, intransitive verb gelled

[no object]
  • 1mainly British (of a liquid or semiliquid 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’
  • 2mainly British (of a project or idea) take a definite form or begin to work well.

    ‘everything seemed to gel for the magazine’
    • ‘Since I never cut my hair yesterday, I tried gelling my hair into center parting.’
    • ‘He's soon shifting styles, painting his suit jacket up and gelling his hair into a spike.’
    • ‘My hair was gelled back (following the precise instructions of my ‘date’ for the night) and I was wearing a tuxedo.’
    • ‘His hair was gelled, showing his natural curls.’
    • ‘His hair wasn't gelled, and it was barely combed.’
    • ‘After my shower I gelled my hair and got dressed.’
    • ‘I took my shower, gelled my hair, and put on a tux.’
    • ‘Her blue-blonde hair was gelled in its usual pixie look.’
    • ‘His blonde hair was forever gelled into spikes and he had a dangerous way of listening that made me feel like what I was saying was something he had wanted to hear all his life.’
    • ‘His blonde hair was gelled and he smelled of cologne.’
    • ‘His dirty blonde hair was gelled and styled perfectly.’
    • ‘The light reflected off of his slick, gelled brown hair.’
    • ‘His dark brown hair was gelled into a messy sort of look.’
    • ‘I gelled my hair so it would keep its messily spiked style and grabbed a beaded hemp necklace that one of my friends had made for me off the bathroom counter.’
    • ‘He was dressed in an Elvis outfit, and his hair was gelled up.’
    • ‘He then turned to the mirror and gelled his hair down smooth.’
    • ‘His usually messy hair was gelled up into spikes and he reeked of aftershave.’
    • ‘His wood brown hair was gelled into spikes as usual and not a hair dared to venture out of place.’
    • ‘He had straight, dark hair that was gelled into spikes.’
    • ‘His hair had been gelled to perfection, and he looked steaming hot.’
    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’

Pronunciation

gel

/jel/ /dʒɛl/

Origin

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

Main definitions of gel in English

: gel1gel2

gel2

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noun

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

    • ‘fastidiously reared Home Counties gels’

Pronunciation

gel

/ɡel/ /ɡɛl/

Origin

Mid 19th century representing a pronunciation of girl.