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gloss

noun

1 gloss

An explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text.

synonym: rubric.

Roget 937: vindication, justification, warrant; exoneration, exculpation; acquittal etc. 970; whitewashing.    extenuation; palliation, palliative; softening, mitigation.    ... show more

Roget 546: untruth, falsehood, lie, story, thing that is not, fib, bounce, crammer, taradiddle, whopper; jhuth.    forgery, fabrication, invention; ... show more

Roget 522: interpretation, definition; explanation, explication; solution, answer; rationale; plain interpretation, simple interpretation, strict interpretation; meaning etc. 516.    translation; ... show more

Roget 420: light, ray, beam, stream, gleam, streak, pencil; sunbeam, moonbeam; aurora.    day; sunshine; light of day, light of heaven; ... show more

Dutch: glos
Polish: glosa



2 gloss

An alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge; usually published as an appendix to a text on that field.

synonym: glossary.

Dutch: glos, glossarium, verklarende woordenlijst, woordenlijst
Polish: glosarium, glosariusz

3 gloss

The property of being smooth and shiny.

synonyms: burnish, glossiness, polish.

Roget 845: beauty, the beautiful, to kalon [Gr.], le beau ideal.    [Science of the perception of beauty] aesthetics, callaesthetics.    [-beauty of people] pulchritude, form, elegance, grace, beauty unadorned, ... show more

Roget 255: smoothness etc. adj.; polish, gloss; lubricity, lubrication.    [smooth materials] down, velvet, velure, silk, satin; velveteen, ... show more

Dutch: glans, glos, glosse
Polish: połyskliwość

4 gloss

An outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading:
— He tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction.

synonyms: color, colour, semblance.

Roget 617: pretext, pretense, pretension, plea; allegation, advocation; ostensible motive, ostensible ground, ostensible reason, phony reason; excuse etc. (vindication) 937; ... show more

Dutch: gelijkheid, masker, schijn
Polish: fasada, pozór

verb

1 gloss

Give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing.

Dutch: likken, polijsten, politoeren

2 gloss

Provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases.

synonyms: annotate, comment.

3 gloss

Provide an interlinear translation of a word or phrase.

4 gloss

Give a deceptive explanation or excuse for.

synonyms: color, colour.


Moby thesaurus: abuse of terms, acting, affectation, afterglow, air glow, alibi, allowance, amplification, analysis, annotate, annotation, apology, apparatus criticus, appearance, apply paint, attitudinizing, bedaub, bedizen, begild, belie ... show more.

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