gloss

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gloss give a deceptive explanation or excuse for "color a lie"
    • v gloss provide an interlinear translation of a word or phrase
    • v gloss provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases "He annotated on what his teacher had written"
    • v gloss give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing
    • n gloss 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"
    • n gloss the property of being smooth and shiny
    • n gloss an alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge; usually published as an appendix to a text on that field
    • n gloss an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gloss A false or specious explanation.
    • Gloss A foreign, archaic, technical, or other uncommon word requiring explanation.
    • Gloss A specious appearance; superficial quality or show. "To me more dear, congenial to my heart,
      One native charm than all the gloss of art."
    • Gloss 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."
      "Explaining the text in short glosses ."
    • Gloss 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."
    • Gloss 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."
    • v. t Gloss To give a superficial luster or gloss to; to make smooth and shining; as, to gloss cloth. "The glossed and gleamy wave."
    • Gloss To make comments; to comment; to explain.
    • Gloss To make sly remarks, or insinuations.
    • Gloss To render clear and evident by comments; to illustrate; to explain; to annotate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gloss A superficial lustrous smoothness, with soft changing reflections, due to the nature of the material, as distinguished from polish, which is artificially produced; in general, any glistening smoothness, natural or artificial: as, the gloss of satin, of hair, of paint, etc.
    • n gloss Hence External show; a specious appearance or representation.
    • gloss To give a superficial luster to; make smooth and shining: as, to gloss cloth; to gloss a horse's coat.
    • gloss Hence To impart a specious appearance to; hide under a smooth false show.
    • n gloss A word in the text of an author, especially a foreign author, requiring explanation.
    • n gloss The explanation, translation, or definition of such a word; an explanatory note or remark upon some word or passage in a text, especially one written in the margin, or, as was the practice with the earliest glosses, between the lines. Such glosses, usually as explanations of Latin, Greek, or Hebrew words in the vernacular Teutonic, Celtic, or Romanic tongues, or as Latin equivalents of words in these tongues, abound in medieval literature, and are philologically among its most important remains.
    • n gloss Hence An artfully misleading or false explanation.
    • gloss To explain by a gloss or marginal note; translate; hence, to render clear and evident by comments; illustrate; comment upon.
    • gloss Hence To give a specious appearance to; render specious and plausible; palliate by fabricated representation.
    • gloss To comment; write or make explanatory remarks.
    • n gloss In leather manufacturing, a preparation which gives leather its final polish or finish.
    • n gloss An abbreviation of glossary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gloss glos brightness or lustre, as from a polished surface: external show
    • v.t Gloss to give a superficial lustre to: to render plausible: to palliate
    • n Gloss glos a remark to explain a subject: a comment
    • v.i Gloss to comment or make explanatory remarks
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Quotations

  • Walter Benjamin
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    “Like ultraviolet rays memory shows to each man in the book of life a script that invisibly and prophetically glosses the text.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. glose, F. glose, L. glossa, a difficult word needing explanation, fr. Gr. tongue, language, word needing explanation. Cf. Gloze Glossary Glottis

Usage

In literature:

This gives an egg-shell gloss.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
Tzu-hsia said, The small man must always gloss his faults.
"The Sayings Of Confucius" by Confucius
In texture the original material was soft, thin, fine, and finished without gloss.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
The tall buildings reeked of desertion as if their emptying had dulled some superficial gloss and made them dim and colorless.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
Incredible to you in the nature of things, wise reader, and too palpably a gloss of monkish folly on the older story?
"Our Fathers Have Told Us" by John Ruskin
He spent his life in gilding what is corrupt, and glossing over what is impure.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
It is about a foot in length, clothed in a dark drab suit with a silken greenish gloss.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Nobody seemed to have heard of the art of glossing muslin cuffs and collars and selling them for pure linen.
"Mizora: A Prophecy" by Mary E. Bradley
I am sitting here decked out in "gloss of satin and glimmer of pearls" for Mrs. Currie's dance.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Plumage black glossed with green.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
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In poetry:

"Of all that hush among the moss,
Or babble to the lily-vases,
Not one there is but purls across
A gush of the delight, that causes
It's limpid gloss.
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Ah, mine no more the glow of dawning beauty,
The fragrance and the dainty gloss of youth,
Worn by long years of solitude and duty,
I have no bloom to offer thee in truth.
"Song Of Jasoda" by Laurence Hope
A tattered soldier, gone the glow and gloss,
With wounds half healed, and sorely trembling knee,
Homeward I come, to claim no victory-cross:
I only faced the foe, and did not flee.
"Home From The Wars" by George MacDonald
Now they dare not to gloss your savage dream,
O beast of the heart, those saints who cursed your name;
You are the current of the frozen stream,
Shadow invisible, ambushed and vigilant flame.
"Ode To Fear" by Allen Tate
Why dwell on the smile now its lustre is flown ?
Why muse on those friendships that mellow'd the past !
Ah ! both should be valued and cherish'd alone,
So long as their gloss and their newness shall last.
""When lately I mus'd on the days that are fled"" by Laura Sophia Temple
Opinions which I had been taught to hold
As full of pith and gravity, he took
As 'twere, 'twixt thumb and finger of his wit--
Rubbed off their gloss, until they seemed to me,
All, as he said, varnished hypocrisies.
"A Friend Of Mine" by James Barron Hope

In news:

'Tower Heist': A Real-Enough Recession Tale Beneath the High-Budget Gloss .
Let's Skip the Gloss .
Olympic Premium Interior Kitchen & Bath Semi- Gloss Paint.
REVIEWS Battles, ' Gloss Drop.
Jenna Ushkowitz's Sparkly Pink Gloss and Elegant Updo.
Author Molly Gloss and the Heroines of the American West.
Host and producer Dmae Roberts presents an encore broadcast of her Oregon Treasures profile of Portland novelist Molly Gloss .
Gloss ' books have shed light on untold stories of women in the American West.
With 'Game Change,' John Heilemann and Mark Halperin give the 2008 presidential election an angry, profane and gossipy gloss .
A Pink Gloss for All.
From porcelain white to sun-kissed tan to a darker brown, the pink gloss works for almost any tone.
Sheet Available in Lower Gloss Finish.
The Kydex FST sheet is available in a lower gloss finish, integrally colored metallic, with a texture called PB-Brushed Metal, or as an injection-molding resin.
HaLevi's Philosophic Jewel Polished to New Gloss .
Boise's Compel semi- gloss label stock makes debut.
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In science:

The second issue is that the answer above glosses the distinction between rotation and non-rotation intuitively.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
It represents any identity that is part of or tracked within the GLOSS fabric. A GlossObject may be interrogated for its most recent known position. Region currently perceived by a Gloss user. Arbitrary data in arbitrary format.
Working Document on Gloss Ontology
A profile associated with a GLOSS-enabled person.
Working Document on Gloss Ontology
A further, epistemologically even deeper, difficulty of the theory is glossed over with the words “macroscopically distinguishable states”.
Translation of "Die Messung quantenmechanischer Operatoren" by E.P.~Wigner
Reducing KSP to KS takes the gloss off a very powerful and beautiful method.
On the "The Kolmogorov-Smirnov test for the CMB" by M.Frommert, R.Durrer and J.Michaud
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