from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Solidification by cooling or freezing.
  • n. The process of forming a gel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The formation of a solid by cooling; freezing
  • n. The formation of a gel, especially from a sol

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The process of becoming solid by cooling; a cooling and solidifying.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The assumption of the solid state by cooling below common atmospheric temperature; freezing.


Latin gelātiō, gelātiōn-, from gelātus, past participle of gelāre, to freeze; see gel- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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