Meaning of gloss

gloss

Pronunciation: (glos, glôs), [key]
— n.
  1. a superficial luster or shine; glaze: the gloss of satin.
  2. a false or deceptively good appearance.
  3. a cosmetic that adds sheen or luster, esp. one for the lips.
—v.t.
  1. to put a gloss upon.
  2. to give a false or deceptively good appearance to: to gloss over flaws in the woodwork.

gloss

Pronunciation: (glos, glôs), [key]
— n.
  1. an explanation or translation, by means of a marginal or interlinear note, of a technical or unusual expression in a manuscript text.
  2. a series of verbal interpretations of a text.
  3. a glossary.
  4. an artfully misleading interpretation.
—v.t.
  1. to insert glosses on; annotate.
  2. to place (a word) in a gloss.
  3. to give a specious interpretation of; explain away (often fol. by over or away): to gloss over a serious problem with a pat solution.
—v.i.
  1. to make glosses.

gloss-

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. var. ofbefore a vowel: glossectomy.

gloss.

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. glossary.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
See also: