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Definition 1: the property of being smooth and shiny - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for gloss in the sense of this definition

(gloss is a kind of ...) a texture without roughness; smooth to the touch

"admiring the slim smoothness of her thighs" "some artists prefer the smoothness of a board"

(gloss is a kind of ...) the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light

(... is a kind of gloss ) the glaze produced by repeated applications of French polish shellac

(... is a kind of gloss ) a glossy finish on a fabric

Definition 2: an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where gloss or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for gloss in the sense of this definition

(gloss is a kind of ...) outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

(... is a kind of gloss ) a mere semblance of legal right; something done with the apparent authority of law but actually in contravention of law

"the plaintiff claimed that under color of law the officer had deprived him of his civil rights"

(... is a kind of gloss ) an insubstantial or vague semblance

(... is a kind of gloss ) the apparent worth as opposed to the real worth

(... is a kind of gloss ) an artful or simulated semblance

"under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"

(... is a kind of gloss ) an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something

"the theatrical notion of disguise is always associated with catastrophe in his stories"

(... is a kind of gloss ) the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true

Definition 3: an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for gloss in the sense of this definition

(gloss is a kind of ...) a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.

"the explanation was very simple" "I expected a brief account"

Definition 4: an alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge; usually published as an appendix to a text on that field - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for gloss in the sense of this definition

(gloss is a kind of ...) a reference book containing words (usually with their meanings)

Definition 5: provide an interlinear translation of a word or phrase - [verb of communication]

(gloss is a kind of ...) restate (words) from one language into another language

"I have to translate when my in-laws from Austria visit the U.S." "Can you interpret the speech of the visiting dignitaries?" "She rendered the French poem into English" "He translates for the U.N."

Definition 6: provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases - [verb of communication]

Samples where gloss or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He annotated on what his teacher had written

Synonyms for gloss in the sense of this definition

(gloss is a kind of ...) give an interpretation or explanation to

Definition 7: give a deceptive explanation or excuse for - [verb of communication]

Samples where gloss or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • color a lie

Synonyms for gloss in the sense of this definition

(gloss is a kind of ...) defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning

"rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior" "he rationalized his lack of success"

Definition 8: give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing - [verb of creation]

(gloss is a kind of ...) make (a surface) shine

"shine the silver, please" "polish my shoes"

(gloss implies ...) move over something with pressure

"rub my hands" "rub oil into her skin"

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