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n. pl. jel·lies
1. 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.
2. Something, such as a petroleum ointment, having the consistency of a soft, semisolid food substance.
3. A shapeless, pulpy mass: The hero's laser zapped the monster, turning it to jelly.
4. 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.
5. A jellyfish.
6. A jelly sandal.
v. jel·lied, jel·ly·ing, jel·lies
To cause to have the consistency of jelly.
To acquire the consistency of jelly: The consommé jellied in the refrigerator.
[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.]
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1. slang Brit gelatine capsules of temazepam, dissolved and injected as a recreational drug
2. (Clothing & Fashion) Also called: jelly shoes shoes made from brightly coloured transparent plastic
[C20: shortened from gelatine]
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