Gel vs jell

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Gel is a substance that has a consistency similar to jelly. A gel may be a cosmetic, a hair product, a medicinal product or other substance. Gel may be used as a noun or a verb, when used as a verb gel means to form something into a gel. Related words are gels, gelled, gelling. Thomas Graham coined the word gel around 1900, as a back-formation from the word gelatin.

Jell is a verb that means to become a consistency similar to jelly. Related words are jells, jelled, jelling, the noun form is jelly. Jell may also be used to mean that something is growing firmer or is becoming set. Last of all, jell is sometimes used to describe the process of a project taking shape or the process of a group of people coming together in harmony, especially when working on a project together. Jell is a back-formation from jelly, coming into the language in the latter 1800s.


The Wunderbrow comes in a box with a gel and a brush applicator as well as a little black spoolie to help spread the gel once you put it on your brow. (Allure Magzine)

If you’re a fan of a manicure, chances are you’ve rested your nails under a UV lamp at least once or twice for Shellac or gel nail colour. (The Telegraph)

There was so much hair gel involved in the process, that we’re wondering if Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci is trying to make sweaty, wet hair the newest trend. (Teen Vogue Magazine)

Hamilton has a lot of new personnel on both sides of the football, so it could take time to jell, especially in the secondary. (The Las Vegas Review-Journal)

While containing plenty of interesting material, it never quite jells into a coherent whole. (The Portland Press Herald)

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