What does gloss mean?

Definitions for gloss
glɒs, glɔsgloss

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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

  2. Gloss(noun)

    a specious appearance; superficial quality or show

  3. Gloss(verb)

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

  4. Gloss(noun)

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

  5. Gloss(noun)

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

  6. Gloss(noun)

    a false or specious explanation

  7. Gloss(verb)

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

  8. Gloss(verb)

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

  9. Gloss(verb)

    to make comments; to comment; to explain

  10. Gloss(verb)

    to make sly remarks, or insinuations

  11. Origin: [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. 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.

  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. Francis Quarles:

    Read not books alone, but men, and amongst them chiefly thyself. If thou find anything questionable there, use the commentary of a severe friend rather than the gloss of a sweet lipped flatterer; there is more profit in a distasteful truth than in deceitful sweetness.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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