de gel

gel

[jel]
noun
1.
Physical Chemistry. a semirigid colloidal dispersion of a solid with a liquid or gas, as jelly, glue, etc.
2.
Theater, gelatin ( def 5 ).
3.
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.
verb (used without object), gelled, gelling.
4.
to form or become a gel.
5.
jell ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1895–1900; shortening of gelatin

degel, verb (used with object), degelled, degelling.
nongelling, adjective
regel, verb (used without object), regelled, regelling.
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gel (dʒɛl)
 
n
1.  a semirigid jelly-like colloid in which a liquid is dispersed in a solid: nondrip paint is a gel
2.  See hair gel
3.  informal theatre See gelatine
 
vb , gels, gelling, gelled
4.  to become or cause to become a gel
5.  a variant spelling of jell
 
[C19: by shortening from gelatine]

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Word Origin & History

gel
1899, as a chemical term, short for gelatin, perhaps infl. by jell. The invention of this word is credited to Thomas Graham, who died in 1869. Hair-styling sense is from 1958. The verb meaning "to become a gel" is from 1917; fig. sense is from 1958.
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gel (jěl)
n.
A colloid in which the disperse phase combines with the dispersion medium to produce a semisolid material. v. gelled, gel·ling, gels

  1. To become a gel.

  2. To convert a sol into a gel.

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
gel
gelatin
GEL
Georgia—lari (currency)
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