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jell

[jel] /dʒɛl/
verb (used without object)
1.
to congeal; become jellylike in consistency.
2.
to become clear, substantial, or definite; crystallize:
The plan began to jell once we all met to discuss it.
verb (used with object)
3.
to cause to jell.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; back formation from jelly
Related forms
half-jelled, adjective
unjelled, adjective
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Examples for jell
  • Emulsions produced from an oil well may freeze, jell, or solidify and block the flow line.
  • If using molds, loosen the jell by running a blunt knife around the edges.
British Dictionary definitions for jell

jell

/dʒɛl/
verb jells, jelling, jelled, gels, gelling, gelled
1.
to make or become gelatinous; congeal
2.
(intransitive) to assume definite form his ideas have jelled
noun
3.
(US) an informal word for jelly1
Word Origin
C19: back formation from jelly1
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Word Origin and History for jell
v.

1830, American English, probably a back-formation of jelly (v.). Related: Jelled; jelling. Figurative sense is first attested 1908. Middle English had gelen "congeal," but it disappeared 15c.

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Slang definitions & phrases for jell

gel

verb
  1. To come to a firm and useful form; work: In this highly partisan county, it just didn't gel/ If this doesn't gel, the local people will be stuck/ Frost's saga fails to jell either as compelling drama or convincing social portraiture (1950s+)
  2. (also jell out) To relax; chill out, kick back: After having five hours of class today I think I'll just go home and gel (1980s+ Students)

[second sense perhaps fr the notion of productively sitting still as a gelatin pudding does]


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