Gloss

Definition of Gloss

Pronunciation: glǒs
n.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.
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.
v. t.1.To give a superficial luster or gloss to; to make smooth and shining; as, to gloss cloth.
[imp. & p. p. Glossed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Glossing.]
The glossed and gleamy wave.
- J. R. Drake.
n.1.
1.A foreign, archaic, technical, or other uncommon word requiring explanation.
2.An interpretation, consisting of one or more words, interlinear or marginal; an explanatory note or comment; a running commentary.
All this, without a gloss or comment,
He would unriddle in a moment.
- Hudibras.
Explaining the text in short glosses.
- T. Baker.
3.A false or specious explanation.
v. t.1.To render clear and evident by comments; to illustrate; to explain; to annotate.
2.To give a specious appearance to; to render specious and plausible; to palliate by specious explanation.
You have the art to gloss the foulest cause.
- Philips.
v. i.1.To make comments; to comment; to explain.
2.To make sly remarks, or insinuations.

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