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Noun: gloss  glós
  1. The property of being smooth and shiny
    - polish, glossiness, burnish
  2. An explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text
    - rubric
  3. An alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge; usually published as an appendix to a text on that field
    "He appended a gloss to his novel where he used an invented language";
    - glossary
  4. An outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading
    "he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction";
    - semblance, color [US], colour [Brit, Cdn]
Verb: gloss  glós
  1. Give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing
  2. Provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases
    - comment, annotate
  3. Give a deceptive explanation or excuse for
    - color [US], colour [Brit, Cdn]

Derived forms: glosses, glossed, glossing

See also: gloss over, sleek over

Type of: account, apologise [Brit], apologize, appearance, effulgence, excuse, explanation, interpret, polish, radiance, radiancy, rationalise [Brit], rationalize, rede [archaic], refulgence, refulgency, shine, smooth, smoothen, smoothness, visual aspect, wordbook

Encyclopedia: Gloss