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gel

[jel] /dʒɛl/
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
1895-1900; shortening of gelatin
Related forms
degel, verb (used with object), degelled, degelling.
nongelling, adjective
regel, verb (used without object), regelled, regelling.
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British Dictionary definitions for re gel

gel

/dʒɛl/
noun
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.
(theatre, informal) See gelatine (sense 4)
verb gels, gelling, gelled
4.
to become or cause to become a gel
5.
a variant spelling of jell
Word Origin
C19: by shortening from gelatine
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Word Origin and History for re gel

gel

n.

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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re gel in Medicine

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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Slang definitions & phrases for re gel

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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Related Abbreviations for re gel

gel

gelatin

GEL

Georgia-lari (currency)
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Encyclopedia Article for re gel

gel

coherent mass consisting of a liquid in which particles too small to be seen in an ordinary optical microscope are either dispersed or arranged in a fine network throughout the mass. A gel may be notably elastic and jellylike (as gelatin or fruit jelly), or quite solid and rigid (as silica gel, a material that looks like coarse white sand and is used as a dehumidifier). Gels are colloids (aggregates of fine particles, as described above, dispersed in a continuous medium) in which the liquid medium has become viscous enough to behave more or less as a solid. Contraction of a gel, causing separation of liquid from it, is called syneresis. Compare sol

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