Gel vs Jell - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between gel and jell

is that gel is a semi-solid to almost solid colloid of a solid and a liquid, such as jelly, cheese or opal or gel can be (british) a girl while jell is a jelly or gel.

As verbs the difference between gel and jell

is that gel is to apply (cosmetic) gel to (the hair, etc) while jell is to gel.

gel

English

(wikipedia gel)

Etymology 1

Coined by in the mid 19th century as a clipping of (gelatin), from (etyl)

Noun

  • A semi-solid to almost solid colloid of a solid and a liquid, such as jelly, cheese or opal.
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  • , title= Alzheimer’s Disease , volume=101, issue=3, page=200, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Similar studies of rats have employed four different intracranial resorbable, slow sustained release systems—surgical foam, a thermal gel depot, a microcapsule or biodegradable polymer beads.}}
  • Any gel intended for a particular cosmetic use, such as for styling the hair.
  • Derived terms
    * aerogel * hair gel * hydrogel * shower gel * silica gel * xerogel
    See also
    For more information on classification of colloids, see Wikipedia article on (colloid)s

    Verb

    (gell)
  • To apply (cosmetic) gel to (the hair, etc).
  • To become a gel.
  • To develop a rapport.
  • See also

    * aerosol * colloid * emulsion * foam * sol

    Etymology 2

    Imitative of upper-class British pronunciation of (girl).

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (British) A girl.
  • Anagrams

    * English heteronyms ----

    jell

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • a jelly or gel
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To gel
  • * {{quote-journal
  • , date = 2008-12-05 , first = Elizabeth , last = Pennisi , title = Hopping to a Better Protein , journal = , doi = 10.1126/science.322.5907.1454 , issn = 0036-8075 , url = http://www.sciencemag.org/content/322/5907/1454.full , passage = A lot of things are jelling , says Hoffman. }}