What does gloss mean?

Definitions for gloss
glɒs, glɔsgloss

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gloss, rubricnoun

    an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text

  2. glossary, glossnoun

    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, burnishnoun

    the property of being smooth and shiny

  4. semblance, gloss, color, colourverb

    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. glossverb

    give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing

  6. gloss, comment, annotateverb

    provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases

    "He annotated on what his teacher had written"

  7. glossverb

    provide an interlinear translation of a word or phrase

  8. color, colour, glossverb

    give a deceptive explanation or excuse for

    "color a lie"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Glossnoun

    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. Glossnoun

    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. Glossverb

    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. Glossnoun

    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. Glossnoun

    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. Glossnoun

    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. Glossverb

    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. Glossverb

    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. Glossverb

    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. Glossverb

    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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Numerology

  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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Betty Deas Clark:

    I believe we're moving forward ... Forgiveness is the message of the hour, to say forgiveness is not to negate what has taken place. We don't want to gloss over what has happened.

  4. Amanda Gorman:

    In my poem, I’m not going to in any way gloss over what we’ve seen over the past few weeks and, dare I say, the past few years. But what I really aspire to do in the poem is to be able to use my words to envision a way in which our country can still come together and can still heal. It’s doing that in a way that is not erasing or neglecting the harsh truths I think America needs to reconcile with.

  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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    • A. omphalos
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