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GLOSS, n. [Gr. the tongue, and a strap. L. has glossa, a tongue, and interpretation. In Heb. signifies to shine, but from the sense of smoothness. L. lustro; Eng. luster.]

1. Brightness or luster of a body proceeding from a smooth surface; as the gloss of silk; cloth is calendared to give it a gloss.

2. A specious appearance or representation; external show that may mislead opinion.

It is no part of my secret meaning to set on the face of this cause any fairer gloss than the naked truth doth afford.

3. An interpretation artfully specious.

4. Interpretation; comment; explanation; remark intended to illustrate a subject.

All this, without a gloss or comment,

He would unriddle in a moment.

Explaining the text in short glosses.

5. A literal translation.

GLOSS, v.t. To give a superficial luster to; to make smooth and shining; as, to gloss cloth by the calendar; to gloss mahogany.

1. To explain; to render clear and evident by comments; to illustrate.

2. To give a specious appearance to; to render specious and plausible; to palliate by specious representation.

You have the art to gloss the foulest cause.

GLOSS, v.i. To comment; to write or make explanatory remarks.

1. To make sly remarks.



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GLOSS, n. [Gr. the tongue, and a strap. L. has glossa, a tongue, and interpretation. In Heb. signifies to shine, but from the sense of smoothness. L. lustro; Eng. luster.]

1. Brightness or luster of a body proceeding from a smooth surface; as the gloss of silk; cloth is calendared to give it a gloss.

2. A specious appearance or representation; external show that may mislead opinion.

It is no part of my secret meaning to set on the face of this cause any fairer gloss than the naked truth doth afford.

3. An interpretation artfully specious.

4. Interpretation; comment; explanation; remark intended to illustrate a subject.

All this, without a gloss or comment,

He would unriddle in a moment.

Explaining the text in short glosses.

5. A literal translation.

GLOSS, v.t. To give a superficial luster to; to make smooth and shining; as, to gloss cloth by the calendar; to gloss mahogany.

1. To explain; to render clear and evident by comments; to illustrate.

2. To give a specious appearance to; to render specious and plausible; to palliate by specious representation.

You have the art to gloss the foulest cause.

GLOSS, v.i. To comment; to write or make explanatory remarks.

1. To make sly remarks.

GLOSS, n. [G. glosse, a gloss or comment; glotzen, to gleam, to glimmer. In Sax. glesan signifies to explain, to flatter, to gloze. From the Gr. γλωσσα, the tongue, and a strap, the L. has glossa, a tongue, and interpretation. In Heb. גלש signifies to shine, but from the sense of smoothness; Syr. ܓܠܫ galash, to peel, to shave, to make bald. Whether these words are all of one family, let the reader judge. The radical sense appears to be, to open, to make clear, and the sense of tongue is probably to extend. If the first letter is a prefix, the other letters Ls are the elements of Ir. leos, light, L. lustro, Eng. luster; and it is remarkable that in Russ. losk is luster, polish, and laskayu is to flatter. The Gr. γλωττα, in the Attic dialect, is a tongue, and in Swedish and German, glatt, Dan. glat, D. glad, is smooth.]

  1. Brightness or luster of a body proceeding from a smooth surface; as, the gloss of silk; cloth is calendered to give it a gloss.
  2. A specious appearance or representation; external show that may mislead opinion. It is no part of my secret meaning to set on the face of this cause any fairer gloss than the naked truth doth afford. Hooker.
  3. An interpretation artfully specious. Sidney.
  4. Interpretation; comment; explanation; remark intended to illustrate a subject. All this, without a gloss or comment, / He would unriddle in a moment. Hudibras. Explaining the text in short glosses. Baker.

GLOSS, v.i.

  1. To comment; to write or make explanatory remarks. Dryden.
  2. To make sly remarks. Prior.

GLOSS, v.t.

  1. To give a superficial luster to; to make smooth and shining; as, to gloss cloth by the calender; to gloss mahogany.
  2. To explain; to render clear and evident by comments; to illustrate.
  3. To give a specious appearance to; to render specious and plausible; to palliate by specious representation. You have the art to gloss the foulest cause. Philips.

Gloss
  1. 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. Hooker.

  2. To give a superficial luster or gloss to] to make smooth and shining; as, to gloss cloth.

    The glossed and gleamy wave. J. R. Drake.

  3. A foreign, archaic, technical, or other uncommon word requiring explanation.

    [Obs.]
  4. To render clear and evident by comments; to illustrate; to explain; to annotate.
  5. To make comments; to comment; to explain.

    Dryden.
  6. A specious appearance; superficial quality or show.

    To me more dear, congenial to my heart,
    One native charm than all the gloss of art.
    Goldsmith.

  7. 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.
    Hudibras.

    Explaining the text in short glosses. T. Baker.

  8. 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. Philips.

  9. To make sly remarks, or insinuations.

    Prior.
  10. A false or specious explanation.

    Dryden.

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Gloss

GLOSS, noun [Gr. the tongue, and a strap. Latin has glossa, a tongue, and interpretation. In Heb. signifies to shine, but from the sense of smoothness. Latin lustro; Eng. luster.]

1. Brightness or luster of a body proceeding from a smooth surface; as the gloss of silk; cloth is calendared to give it a gloss

2. A specious appearance or representation; external show that may mislead opinion.

It is no part of my secret meaning to set on the face of this cause any fairer gloss than the naked truth doth afford.

3. An interpretation artfully specious.

4. Interpretation; comment; explanation; remark intended to illustrate a subject.

All this, without a gloss or comment,

He would unriddle in a moment.

Explaining the text in short glosses.

5. A literal translation.

GLOSS, verb transitive To give a superficial luster to; to make smooth and shining; as, to gloss cloth by the calendar; to gloss mahogany.

1. To explain; to render clear and evident by comments; to illustrate.

2. To give a specious appearance to; to render specious and plausible; to palliate by specious representation.

You have the art to gloss the foulest cause.

GLOSS, verb intransitive To comment; to write or make explanatory remarks.

1. To make sly remarks.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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