Definition of Gloss

1. Noun. An explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text.

Exact synonyms: Rubric
Generic synonyms: Account, Explanation

2. Verb. Give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing.
Generic synonyms: Polish, Shine, Smooth, Smoothen
Entails: Rub
Also: Gloss Over, Gloss Over

3. Noun. An alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge; usually published as an appendix to a text on that field.
Exact synonyms: Glossary
Generic synonyms: Wordbook

4. Verb. Provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases. "He annotated on what his teacher had written"
Exact synonyms: Annotate, Comment
Generic synonyms: Interpret, Rede
Derivative terms: Note, Comment

5. Noun. The property of being smooth and shiny.
Exact synonyms: Burnish, Glossiness, Polish
Generic synonyms: Smoothness, Effulgence, Radiance, Radiancy, Refulgence, Refulgency, Shine
Specialized synonyms: French Polish, Glaze
Derivative terms: Burnish, Glossy, Glossy, Polish

6. Verb. Provide an interlinear translation of a word or phrase.
Generic synonyms: Interpret, Render, Translate

7. Noun. An outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading. "The situation soon took on a different color"

8. Verb. Give a deceptive explanation or excuse for. "Color a lie"
Exact synonyms: Color, Colour
Generic synonyms: Apologise, Apologize, Excuse, Justify, Rationalise, Rationalize

Definition of Gloss

1. n. 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.

2. v. t. To give a superficial luster or gloss to; to make smooth and shining; as, to gloss cloth.

3. n. A foreign, archaic, technical, or other uncommon word requiring explanation.

4. v. t. To render clear and evident by comments; to illustrate; to explain; to annotate.

5. v. i. To make comments; to comment; to explain.

Definition of Gloss

1. Noun. A surface shine or luster/lustre ¹

2. Noun. (uncountable figuratively) A superficially or deceptively attractive appearance ¹

3. Noun. Explanatory notice ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To give a gloss or sheen to. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To make (something) attractive by deception ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To become shiny. ¹

7. Noun. A brief explanatory note or translation of a difficult or complex expression, usually inserted in the margin or between lines of a text. ¹

8. Noun. A glossary; a collection of such notes. ¹

9. Noun. An extensive commentary on some text. ¹

10. Noun. A deliberately misleading explanation. ¹

11. Noun. A brief explanation in speech or in a written work, including a synonym used with the intent of indicating the meaning of the word to which it is applied ¹

12. Noun. (American legal) An interpretation by a court of specific point within a statute or case law ¹

13. Verb. (transitive) To add a gloss to (a text). ¹

14. Verb. (transitive) To give a deliberately false interpretation of. ¹

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Definition of Gloss

1. to make lustrous [v -ED, -ING, -ES] - See also: lustrous

Medical Definition of Gloss

1. 1. Bbrightness or luster of a body proceeding from a smooth surface; polish; as, the gloss of silk; cloth is calendered to give it a gloss. "It is no part . . . To set on the face of this cause any fairer gloss than the naked truth doth afford." (Hooker) 2. A specious appearance; superficial quality or show. "To me more dear, congenial to my heart, One native charm than all the gloss of art." (Goldsmith) Origin: Cf. Icel. Glossi a blaze, glys finery, MHG. Glosen to glow, G. Glosten to glimmer; perh. Akin to E. Glass. To give a superficial luster or gloss to; to make smooth and shining; as, to gloss cloth. "The glossed and gleamy wave." (J. R. Drake) Origin: Glossed; Glossing. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gloss

glory box
glory boxes
glory days
glory fern
glory holes
glory lily
glory pea
gloss (current term)
gloss over

Literary usage of Gloss

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publications by English Dialect Society (1886)
"gloss. B. 3. ' From a Lat. word, brance, that occurs in Pliny, 1, word will bo identical ... gloss. (4) Rumex Acetosa, L.—Dev. Bread and Cheese, Cuckoo's. ..."

2. A Dictionary of English Plant-names by James Britten, Robert Holland (1886)
"EDS gloss. White Ash. See Blue Ash in Appx. White Nettle. Lamium album, L.—Glou. ... EDS gloss. Whitsuntide Bosses. The garden variety of Viburnum ..."

3. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"To put a fair face upon ; gloss over; extenuate. rage that the ... If. To use glosses; practise glossing: same as gloss' ..."

4. Bouvier's Law Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia by John Bouvier, Francis Rawle (1914)
"45; Spelman, gloss. See FEE; FEUD. FEODAL. Belonging to a fee or feud; feudal. ... Littleton § 1 ; Spelman, gloss. There were various classes of ..."

5. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"(L., —Gk.) ME glose rith one s), in early use ; P. Plowman, C. xx. 15. [But the verb 'osen, to gloss or gloze, was much more common than the sb. ..."

6. Publications by English Dialect Society (1880)
"gloss. See Hayn in Hal. Heal. ' To cover in; to heal seed with harrows, ... gloss. [It is customary to reserve a pasture for horses during the summer where ..."

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