Associations to the word «Gloss»


GLOSS, noun. (uncountable) A surface shine or luster/lustre
GLOSS, noun. (uncountable) (figuratively) A superficially or deceptively attractive appearance
GLOSS, verb. (transitive) To give a gloss or sheen to.
GLOSS, verb. (transitive) To make (something) attractive by deception
GLOSS, verb. (intransitive) To become shiny.
GLOSS, noun. (countable) A foreign, archaic, technical, or other uncommon word requiring explanation.
GLOSS, noun. (countable) A brief explanatory note or translation of a difficult or complex expression, usually inserted in the margin or between lines of a text.
GLOSS, noun. (countable) A glossary; a collection of such notes.
GLOSS, noun. (countable) An extensive commentary on some text.
GLOSS, noun. (countable) A brief explanation in speech or in a written work, including a synonym used with the intent of indicating the meaning of the word to which it is applied
GLOSS, noun. (countable) (legal) (US) An interpretation by a court of specific point within a statute or case law
GLOSS, verb. (transitive) To add a gloss to (a text).
GLOSS OVER, verb. (transitive) (idiomatic) To cover up a mistake or a crime; to hush up or whitewash.
GLOSS OVER, verb. (transitive) (idiomatic) To treat something with less care than it deserves; to skimp.

Dictionary definition

GLOSS, noun. An explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text.
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.
GLOSS, noun. The property of being smooth and shiny.
GLOSS, noun. 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".
GLOSS, verb. Give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing.
GLOSS, verb. Provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases; "He annotated on what his teacher had written".
GLOSS, verb. Provide an interlinear translation of a word or phrase.
GLOSS, verb. Give a deceptive explanation or excuse for; "color a lie".

Wise words

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.
William Butler Yeats