gloss /ˈglɑs, ˈglɔs/
Gloss, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Glossed p. pr. & vb. n. Glossing.] 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.
1. A foreign, archaic, technical, or other uncommon word requiring explanation. [Obs.]
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.
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.
Gloss 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.
Gloss v. i.
1. To make comments; to comment; to explain.
2. To make sly remarks, or insinuations.
n 1: an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text
2: an alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized
field of knowledge; usually published as an appendix to a
text on that field [syn: glossary]
3: the property of being smooth and shiny [syn: polish, glossiness,
4: 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" [syn: semblance, color, colour]
v 1: give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing
2: provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases; "He
annotated on what his teacher had written" [syn: comment,
3: provide an interlinear translation of a word or phrase
4: gloss or excuse; "color a lie" [syn: color, colour]