from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A soft, semisolid food substance with a resilient consistency, made by the setting of a liquid containing pectin or gelatin or by the addition of gelatin to a liquid, especially such a substance made of fruit juice containing pectin boiled with sugar.
- n. Something, such as a petroleum ointment, having the consistency of a soft, semisolid food substance.
- n. A shapeless, pulpy mass: The hero's laser zapped the monster, turning it to jelly.
- n. Something, such as a body part, that has suddenly become limp or enervated: Her knees turned to jelly when she learned she won first prize.
- n. A jellyfish.
- transitive v. To cause to have the consistency of jelly.
- intransitive v. To acquire the consistency of jelly. See Synonyms at coagulate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A dessert made by boiling gelatine, sugar and some flavouring (often derived from fruit) and allowing it to set
- n. A clear or translucent fruit preserve, made from fruit juice and set using either naturally occurring, or added, pectin
- n. Short for jellyfish.
- n. A pretty girl; a girlfriend.
- n. A large backside, especially a woman's.
- n. Short for gelignite.
- n. A jelly shoe.
- v. To wiggle like jelly.
- v. To make jelly.
- adj. Jealous.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Anything brought to a gelatinous condition; a viscous, translucent substance in a condition between liquid and solid; a stiffened solution of gelatin, gum, or the like.
- n. The juice of fruits or meats boiled with sugar to an elastic consistence
- intransitive v. To become jelly; to come to the state or consistency of jelly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A viscous or glutinous substance obtained by solution of gelatinous matter, animal or vegetable; hence, any substance of semisolid consistence.
- n. The thickened juice of fruit, or any gelatinous substance, prepared for food: as, currant or guava jelly; calf's-foot jelly; meat jelly.
- n. A mixture of gelatin and glycerin, used as a medium for mounting microscopic objects.
- Excellent of its kind; worthy.
- n. A jellyfish, as Aurelia or Cyanea.
- To make a jelly of; reduce to the consistence of jelly.
- To solidify or congeal; become a jelly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any substance having the consistency of jelly or gelatin
- n. an edible jelly (sweet or pungent) made with gelatin and used as a dessert or salad base or a coating for foods
- n. a preserve made of the jelled juice of fruit
- v. make into jelly
Middle English gelee, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *gelāta, from Latin, feminine past participle of gelāre, to freeze; see gel- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French gelee, from geler ("to congeal"), from Latin gelū. (Wiktionary)