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[jel] /dʒɛl/
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.
verb (used without object), gelled, gelling.
to form or become a gel.
jell (def 2).
Origin of gel
1895-1900; shortening of gelatin
Related forms
degel, verb (used with object), degelled, degelling.
nongelling, adjective
regel, verb (used without object), regelled, regelling. Unabridged
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  • He'd shaved and gelled his hair back, and had put on a crisp military dress uniform with a row of campaign ribbons on the breast.

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  • In a second embodiment of this invention, 1,2-butylene oxide may be used in a gelled state.

British Dictionary definitions for gelled


a semirigid jelly-like colloid in which a liquid is dispersed in a solid: nondrip paint is a gel
See hair gel
(theatre, informal) See gelatine (sense 4)
verb gels, gelling, gelled
to become or cause to become a gel
a variant spelling of jell
Word Origin
C19: by shortening from gelatine
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Word Origin and History for gelled



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.

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gelled in Medicine

gel (jěl)
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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Slang definitions & phrases for gelled



  1. Empty and idle talk; mendacious and exaggerated claims; bullshit: Most of what I say is pure gas, my friend (1847+)
  2. Talk of any sort, esp conversation: Let's get together for a good gas (1852+)
  3. Denatured alcohol or some other substitute for liquor (1940s+ Hoboes)
  4. A fastball: He got him out on the high gas (1980s+ Baseball)
  5. gasser: ''What a gas!'' she cried on the way from the courthouse (1957+)
  6. Anabolic steroids, used to increase body bulk: He said about 60 percent of the wrestlers he knew during the 1980s used steroids, commonly known as ''juice'' or ''gas'' (1980s+ Athletes)


  1. Talked: I haven't gassed this long for a year
  2. To impress one's hearers very favorably; overcome with admiration: Bird gassed them/ She gassed me, she was that good (1940s+ Cool talk)
  3. To impress an audience very unfavorably; fail with: Our show appears to have gassed both the critics and the public (1970s+)

Related Terms

cook with gas, run out of gas, step on it

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