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gloss    : [gl'ɔs]
Gloss \Gloss\ (gl[o^]s), n. [Cf. Icel. glossi a blaze, glys
finery, MHG. glosen to glow, G. glosten to glimmer; perh.
akin to E. glass.]
1. Brightness or luster of a body proceeding from a smooth
surface; polish; as, the gloss of silk; cloth is
calendered to give it a gloss.
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It is no part . . . to set on the face of this cause
any fairer gloss than the naked truth doth afford.
--Hooker.
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2. A specious appearance; superficial quality or show.
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To me more dear, congenial to my heart,
One native charm than all the gloss of art.
--Goldsmith.
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Gloss \Gloss\ (gl[o^]s), v. t.
1. To render clear and evident by comments; to illustrate; to
explain; to annotate.
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2. To give a specious appearance to; to render specious and
plausible; to palliate by specious explanation.
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You have the art to gloss the foulest cause.
--Philips.
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Gloss \Gloss\, v. i.
1. To make comments; to comment; to explain. --Dryden.
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2. To make sly remarks, or insinuations. --Prior.
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Gloss \Gloss\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Glossed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Glossing}.]
To give a superficial luster or gloss to; to make smooth and
shining; as, to gloss cloth.
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The glossed and gleamy wave. --J. R. Drake.
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Gloss \Gloss\, n. [OE. glose, F. glose, L. glossa a difficult
word needing explanation, fr. Gr. ? tongue, language, word
needing explanation. Cf. {Gloze}, {Glossary}, {Glottis}.]
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1. A foreign, archaic, technical, or other uncommon word
requiring explanation. [Obs.]
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2. An interpretation, consisting of one or more words,
interlinear or marginal; an explanatory note or comment; a
running commentary.
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All this, without a gloss or comment,
He would unriddle in a moment. --Hudibras.
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Explaining the text in short glosses. --T. Baker.
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3. A false or specious explanation. --Dryden.
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gloss
n 1: an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text
[synonym: {gloss}, {rubric}]
2: an alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized
field of knowledge; usually published as an appendix to a
text on that field [synonym: {glossary}, {gloss}]
3: the property of being smooth and shiny [synonym: {polish},
{gloss}, {glossiness}, {burnish}]
4: an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately
misleading; "he hoped his claims would have a semblance of
authenticity"; "he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of
moral sanction"; "the situation soon took on a different
color" [synonym: {semblance}, {gloss}, {color}, {colour}]
v 1: give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing
2: provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases; "He
annotated on what his teacher had written" [synonym: {gloss},
{comment}, {annotate}]
3: provide an interlinear translation of a word or phrase
4: give a deceptive explanation or excuse for; "color a lie"
[synonym: {color}, {colour}, {gloss}]

407 Moby Thesaurus words for "gloss":
abuse of terms, acting, affectation, afterglow, air glow, alibi,
allowance, amplification, analysis, annotate, annotation, apology,
apparatus criticus, appearance, apply paint, attitudinizing,
bedaub, bedizen, begild, belie, besmear, bilingual text,
biographical dictionary, blind, bluff, bluffing, brightness,
brush on paint, buff, burnish, butter, calcimine, camouflage,
candescence, catachresis, cheating, chemical dictionary, clavis,
cloak, coat, color, coloring, comment, comment upon, commentary,
commentate, commentation, complexion, conceal, contort, contorting,
cover, cover story, cover up, cover-up, creamy, crib,
critical review, criticism, criticize, critique, cursoriness, dab,
daub, deception, decipherment, decoding, decontamination, deep-dye,
define, definition, delicate, delusion, desk dictionary, device,
dialect dictionary, dictionary, dictionary of quotations, dip,
disguise, dissemblance, dissembling, dissimulation, distemper,
distort, distortion, double-dye, dress up, dye, edit, editorial,
eggshell, eisegesis, electronics dictionary, elucidate,
elucidation, embellish, emblazon, embroider, enamel, engild,
epidermis, error, etymological dictionary, excuse, exegesis,
explain, explanation, explicate, explication,
extenuating circumstances, extenuation, extenuative, exteriority,
facade, face, faithful translation, fakery, faking, false air,
false appearance, false front, false show, falsify, falsity,
fast-dye, feigning, feint, finish, flat, flush, footnote,
foreign-language dictionary, four-flushing, fraud,
free translation, fresco, front, fudge, furbish, garble, garbling,
gazetteer, general dictionary, geological dictionary,
get one wrong, get wrong, gild, gilding, gilt, glance, glaze,
gleam, glint, gloss, gloss over, glossary, glossiness, glow,
gradus, grain, guise, handle, hide, hue, humbug, humbuggery,
illuminate, imbue, imposture, incandescence, ingrain, interlinear,
interlinear translation, interpret, interpretation, iridescent,
japan, key, lacquer, lame excuse, lay on, lay on color, leader,
leading article, lexicon, light, locus standi, loose translation,
luster, make an edition, malentendu, malobservation, mask,
masquerade, mellow, mere scratch, meretriciousness, metaphrase,
misapplication, misapply, misapprehend, misapprehension,
miscitation, miscite, miscolor, misconceive, misconception,
misconstruction, misconstrue, misdeem, misexplain, misexplanation,
misexplicate, misexplication, misexposition, misexpound,
misintelligence, misinterpret, misinterpretation, misjudge,
misjudgment, misquotation, misquote, misread, misreading,
misrender, misrendering, misreport, misrepresent, misstate,
mistake, mistranslate, mistranslation, misunderstand,
misunderstanding, misuse of words, mitigation, mother-of-pearl,
nacreous, no depth, no water, nomenclator, notation, note,
note of explanation, notice, onomasticon, opalescent,
ostensible motive, ostentation, outward show, overstate, paint,
pale, palliation, palliative, paraphrase, parget, pastel, patina,
patinaed, pearly, perversion, pervert, phrase book, pigment,
pinprick, playacting, polish, polyglot dictionary, pony,
poor excuse, pose, posing, posture, pretense, pretension, pretext,
prime, protestation, public motive, put-off, qualification, quiet,
refuge, remark, remark upon, report, representation, restatement,
review, rewording, rhyming dictionary, rind, rub,
running commentary, sad, scholium, science dictionary, scour,
scratch, screen, seeming, semblance, semigloss, shade, shadow,
shallowness, sham, sheen, shellac, shine, shininess, shining light,
shoaliness, show, silkiness, simple, simulacrum, simulation, skin,
skylight, slang dictionary, slant, slap on, slather, sleek,
sleekness, slick, slick down, slickness, slightness, slop on paint,
smear, smear on, smoke screen, smooth over, sober, soft,
soft-colored, soft-hued, softened, softening, somber,
specialized dictionary, speciousness, spread on, spread with,
squeeze, squeezing, stain, stalking-horse, stipple, strain,
strain the sense, stratagem, subdued, subterfuge, subtle,
sunset glow, superficiality, superficies, surface, sweet,
synonym dictionary, synonymy, tar, tender, thesaurus, tinct,
tincture, tinge, tint, titivate, tone, torture, torturing,
transcription, translate, translation, transliteration,
treasury of words, trick, trick out, triviality, trot, twist,
twist the words, twisting, unabridged dictionary, undercoat,
understate, varnish, veil, veneer, vocabulary, wash, wax,
whitewash, whitewashing, window dressing, word of explanation,
wordbook, wrench, wrenching, write-up




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  • GLOSS | definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary
    gloss noun (APPEARANCE) › [ S or U ] a smooth, shiny appearance on the surface of something: Marble can be polished to a high gloss This varnish provides a long-lasting and hard-wearing gloss finish
  • GLOSS | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
    gloss noun (APPEARANCE) › [ S or U ] a smooth, shiny appearance on the surface of something: Marble can be polished to a high gloss This varnish provides a long-lasting and hard-wearing gloss finish › [ U ] paint that produces a smooth, shiny appearance on a surface: We'll need a litre of gloss (paint) to cover the woodwork
  • Gloss definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary
    Definition of 'gloss' gloss A gloss is a bright shine on the surface of something Rain produced a black gloss on the asphalt Gloss is an appearance of attractiveness or good quality which sometimes hides less attractive features or poor quality Television commercials seem more professional but beware of mistaking the gloss for the content
  • Lip gloss definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary
    Lip gloss definition: Lip gloss is a clear or very slightly coloured substance that some women put on their | Meaning, pronunciation, translations and examples Definition of lip gloss from the Collins English Dictionary The meaning of the whole compound is often different from the meaning of the two words on their own Compound
  • gloss definition | English definition dictionary | Reverso
    gloss definition, gloss meaning | English dictionary [ 1 a short or expanded explanation or interpretation of a word, expression, or foreign phrase in the margin or text of a manuscript, etc 1 a short or expanded explanation or interpretation of a word, expression, or foreign phrase in the margin or text of a manuscript, etc gloss
  • Gloss translation English | German dictionary | Reverso
    With Reverso you can find the German translation, definition or synonym for Gloss and thousands of other words You can complete the translation of Gloss given by the German-English Collins dictionary with other dictionaries: Wikipedia, Lexilogos, Langenscheidt, Duden, Wissen, Oxford, Collins dictionaries
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  • English | Definition of English at Dictionary. com
    belonging or relating to, or spoken or written in, the English language: a high-school English class; an English translation of a Spanish novel noun the people of England collectively, especially as distinguished from the Scots, Welsh, and Irish
  • Gloss | Definition of Gloss by Merriam-Webster
    History and Etymology for gloss Noun (1) akin to Middle High German glosen to glow, shine; akin to Old English geolu yellow Noun (2) alteration of gloze, from Middle English glose, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin glosa, glossa, from Greek glōssa, glōtta tongue, language, obscure word; akin to Greek glōchis projecting point
  • gloss (noun) definition and synonyms | Macmillan Dictionary
    The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today global English and language change from our blog Definition and synonyms of gloss from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Education





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