- a colloidal form of matter having a jellylike texture, usually formed by cooling a colloidal solution into a solid or semisolid phase
- any of various jellylike preparations used to style hair, clean teeth, etc.
- gelatin ()
Origin of gel; from gelatin
- A colloid in which the disperse phase has combined with the dispersion medium to produce a semisolid material, such as a jelly.
- See gelatin.
- A jellylike substance used in styling hair.
verbgelled gelled, gel·ling, gels
- To apply a gel to (the hair).
- To take shape or become clear: Plans for the project are finally starting to gel.
Origin of gelShort for gelatin. V., sense 2, probably influenced by jell.
(countable and uncountable, plural gels)
(third-person singular simple present gels, present participle gelling, simple past and past participle gelled)
- To apply (cosmetic) gel to (the hair, etc).
- (intransitive) To become a gel.
- (intransitive) To develop a rapport.
Coined by Thomas Graham in the mid 19th century as a clipping of gelatin, from French gélatine, from Italian gelatina, diminutive form of gelata (“iced”), from Latin gelata, past participle of gelo (“to freeze”), from gelu (“frost”), from Proto-Indo-European *gel- (“cold”)
- (UK) A girl.
Imitative of upper-class British pronunciation of girl.