gloss

gloss
gloss1 [ glɔs ] noun
1. ) singular or uncount the shiny surface of something such as paper, paint, or a photograph:
a paint that gives a high (=very shiny) gloss
a ) the shiny and attractive appearance of something, especially someone's hair
2. ) count a short explanation of what something means:
Some of the very technical words will need a gloss.
a ) a way of describing something that makes it seem better than it really is:
put a gloss on something: Both sides attempted to put the best possible gloss on the agreement.
b ) the way in which someone understands or explains something:
The newspapers all gave their own gloss on the president's offer.
3. ) uncount GLOSS PAINT
a ) a substance you put on something to make it shine:
lip gloss
take the gloss off something
to make something seem not as good as you thought it was
gloss
gloss 2 [ glɔs ] verb transitive
1. ) to give an explanation of a word or a piece of writing
2. ) to put a substance on something to make it look shiny:
heavily glossed lips
,gloss `over phrasal verb transitive
gloss over something to ignore or avoid unpleasant facts:
He could no longer gloss over his failures.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • gloss — gloss·ist; gloss·less; gloss·me·ter; gloss·odyn·ia; gloss; iso·gloss; pan·gloss·ian; semi·gloss; iso·gloss·al; …   English syllables

  • Gloss — (gl[o^]s), n. [Cf. Icel. glossi a blaze, glys finery, MHG. glosen to glow, G. glosten to glimmer; perh. akin to E. glass.] 1. Brightness or luster of a body proceeding from a smooth surface; polish; as, the gloss of silk; cloth is calendered to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gloss — Primera aparición DC Comics Información Nombre original Xiang Po Afiliaciones actuales Guardianes Globales Gloss (Xiang Po), un personaje ficticio …   Wikipedia Español

  • gloss´i|ly — gloss|y «GLS ee, GLOS », adjective, gloss|i|er, gloss|i|est, noun, plural gloss|ies. –adj. 1. smooth and shiny; highly polished; lustrous: » …   Useful english dictionary

  • gloss|y — «GLS ee, GLOS », adjective, gloss|i|er, gloss|i|est, noun, plural gloss|ies. –adj. 1. smooth and shiny; highly polished; lustrous: » …   Useful english dictionary

  • gloss — [n1] shine, sheen appearance, brightness, brilliance, burnish, facade, finish, front, glaze, gleam, glint, glossiness, luster, polish, shimmer, silkiness, sleekness, slickness, surface, varnish, veneer; concepts 611,620 Ant. dullness gloss [n2]… …   New thesaurus

  • gloss — Ⅰ. gloss [1] ► NOUN 1) the shine on a smooth surface. 2) (also gloss paint) a type of paint which dries to a bright shiny surface. 3) a superficially attractive appearance or impression. ► VERB 1) give a glossy appearance to …   English terms dictionary

  • Gloss — 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. [1913 Webster] The glossed and gleamy wave. J. R. Drake. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gloss# — gloss n sheen, *luster, glaze Analogous words: sleekness, slickness, glossiness (see corresponding adjectives at SLEEK) gloss vb gloze, *palliate, extenuate, whitewash, whiten Analogous words: *disguise, cloak, mask, dissemble, camouflage:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Gloss — Gloss, n. [OE. glose, F. glose, L. glossa a difficult word needing explanation, fr. Gr. ? tongue, language, word needing explanation. Cf. {Gloze}, {Glossary}, {Glottis}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A foreign, archaic, technical, or other uncommon word… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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