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Definitions for gloss
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gloss, rubric(noun)

    an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text

  2. glossary, gloss(noun)

    an alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge; usually published as an appendix to a text on that field

  3. polish, gloss, glossiness, burnish(noun)

    the property of being smooth and shiny

  4. semblance, gloss, color, colour(verb)

    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"

  5. gloss(verb)

    give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing

  6. gloss, comment, annotate(verb)

    provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases

    "He annotated on what his teacher had written"

  7. gloss(verb)

    provide an interlinear translation of a word or phrase

  8. color, colour, gloss(verb)

    give a deceptive explanation or excuse for

    "color a lie"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gloss(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. glose, F. glose, L. glossa a difficult word needing explanation, fr. Gr. tongue, language, word needing explanation. Cf. Gloze, Glossary, Glottis.]

  2. Gloss(noun)

    a specious appearance; superficial quality or show

    Etymology: [OE. glose, F. glose, L. glossa a difficult word needing explanation, fr. Gr. tongue, language, word needing explanation. Cf. Gloze, Glossary, Glottis.]

  3. Gloss(verb)

    to give a superficial luster or gloss to; to make smooth and shining; as, to gloss cloth

    Etymology: [OE. glose, F. glose, L. glossa a difficult word needing explanation, fr. Gr. tongue, language, word needing explanation. Cf. Gloze, Glossary, Glottis.]

  4. Gloss(noun)

    a foreign, archaic, technical, or other uncommon word requiring explanation

    Etymology: [OE. glose, F. glose, L. glossa a difficult word needing explanation, fr. Gr. tongue, language, word needing explanation. Cf. Gloze, Glossary, Glottis.]

  5. Gloss(noun)

    an interpretation, consisting of one or more words, interlinear or marginal; an explanatory note or comment; a running commentary

    Etymology: [OE. glose, F. glose, L. glossa a difficult word needing explanation, fr. Gr. tongue, language, word needing explanation. Cf. Gloze, Glossary, Glottis.]

  6. Gloss(noun)

    a false or specious explanation

    Etymology: [OE. glose, F. glose, L. glossa a difficult word needing explanation, fr. Gr. tongue, language, word needing explanation. Cf. Gloze, Glossary, Glottis.]

  7. Gloss(verb)

    to render clear and evident by comments; to illustrate; to explain; to annotate

    Etymology: [OE. glose, F. glose, L. glossa a difficult word needing explanation, fr. Gr. tongue, language, word needing explanation. Cf. Gloze, Glossary, Glottis.]

  8. Gloss(verb)

    to give a specious appearance to; to render specious and plausible; to palliate by specious explanation

    Etymology: [OE. glose, F. glose, L. glossa a difficult word needing explanation, fr. Gr. tongue, language, word needing explanation. Cf. Gloze, Glossary, Glottis.]

  9. Gloss(verb)

    to make comments; to comment; to explain

    Etymology: [OE. glose, F. glose, L. glossa a difficult word needing explanation, fr. Gr. tongue, language, word needing explanation. Cf. Gloze, Glossary, Glottis.]

  10. Gloss(verb)

    to make sly remarks, or insinuations

    Etymology: [OE. glose, F. glose, L. glossa a difficult word needing explanation, fr. Gr. tongue, language, word needing explanation. Cf. Gloze, Glossary, Glottis.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gloss

    glos, n. brightness or lustre, as from a polished surface: external show.—v.t. to give a superficial lustre to: to render plausible: to palliate. [Ice. glossi, brightness, glóa, to glow. See Glass.]

  2. Gloss

    glos, n. a remark to explain a subject: a comment.—v.i. to comment or make explanatory remarks.—adj. Glossā′rial, relating to a glossary: containing explanation.—ns. Gloss′arist, a writer of a glossary; Gloss′ary, a vocabulary of words requiring special explanation: a dictionary; Glossā′tor, Gloss′er, a writer of glosses or comments, a commentator; Gloss′ic, a phonetic alphabet devised by Mr A. J. Ellis (1814-90) for the scientific expression of speech-sounds—to be used concurrently with the Nomic or existing English orthography; Glossī′tis, inflammation of the tongue; Gloss′ocele, swelled tongue; Glossog′rapher.—adj. Glossograph′ical.—n. Glossog′raphy, the writing of glossaries or comments.—adj. Glossolog′ical.—ns. Glossol′ogist; Glossol′ogy, the science of language, comparative philology: the knowledge of the definition of technical terms—also Glottol′ogy; Glossot′omy, dissection of the tongue. [L. glossa, a word requiring explanation—Gr. glōssa, the tongue.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gloss in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gloss in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of gloss in a Sentence

  1. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    Every man has his price." This is not true. But for every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing. To win over certain people to something, it is only necessary to give it a gloss of love of humanity, nobility, gentleness, self-sacrifice - and there is nothing you cannot get them to swallow. To their souls, these are the icing, the tidbit; other kinds of souls have others.

  2. Carly Fiorina:

    I’ve been very transparent about the fact that I was fired in a boardroom brawl at Hewlett-Packard, it’s not unfair at all to question that. What’s unfair is when people gloss over the facts.

  3. Desiderius Erasmus:

    Amongst the learned the lawyers claim first place, the most self-satisfied class of people, as they roll their rock of Sisyphus and string together six hundred laws in the same breath, no matter whether relevant or not, piling up opinion on opinion and gloss on gloss to make their profession seem the most difficult of all. Anything which causes trouble has special merit in their eyes.

  4. Alex French:

    We feel fortunate that The Atlantic decided to work with us, and we are grateful that the piece has gone through The Atlantic's thoughtful editorial process, which included another rigorous fact-check and robust legal vetting, singer's response to The Atlantic story wrongfully used' homophobia' to deflect from sexual assault allegations and GLAAD urges the media and the industry at large to not gloss over the fact that survivors of sexual assault should be put first.

  5. Hillary Clinton:

    All of us want a safe community, so we should be smart enough how we can provide that safety without intentionally or unintentionally targeting a particular group of Americans, and what is so, really, troubling, is that if you compare statistics between white men and African American men, if they are stopped, if they are arrested, if they are charged, if they are convicted, if they are sentenced, there are clear undeniable racial disparities. I think we have to admit this. We shouldn't try to gloss it over or it would go away.

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