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gloss 1

 (glôs, glŏs)
n.
1. A surface shininess or luster.
2. A kind of paint that dries to a shiny finish.
3. A cosmetic that adds shine or luster, such as lip gloss.
4. A superficially or deceptively attractive appearance or good reputation: The firm lost some of its gloss when its investments performed poorly.
tr.v. glossed, gloss·ing, gloss·es
1. To give a bright sheen or luster to.
2. To apply a gloss to: glossed her lips.
Phrasal Verb:
gloss over
To make attractive or acceptable by deception or superficial treatment: a résumé that glossed over the applicant's lack of experience.

[Perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Icelandic glossi, a spark; see ghel-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

gloss 2

 (glôs, glŏs)
n.
1.
a. A brief explanatory note or translation of a difficult or technical expression usually inserted in the margin or between lines of a text or manuscript.
b. A collection of such notes; a glossary.
2. An extensive commentary, often accompanying a text or publication.
3. A purposefully misleading interpretation or explanation.
tr.v. glossed, gloss·ing, gloss·es
1. To provide (an expression or a text) with a gloss or glosses.
2. To give a false interpretation to.

[Middle English glose, from Old French, from Medieval Latin glōsa, from Latin glōssa, foreign word requiring explanation, from Greek, tongue, language.]

gloss′er n.

gloss over

vb (tr, adverb)
1. to hide under a deceptively attractive surface or appearance
2. to deal with (unpleasant facts) rapidly and cursorily, or to omit them altogether from an account of something
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.gloss over - treat hurriedly or avoid dealing with properly
do by, treat, handle - interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently"
2.gloss over - cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error; "Let's not whitewash the crimes of Stalin"; "She tried to gloss over her mistakes"
cover up, cover - hide from view or knowledge; "The President covered the fact that he bugged the offices in the White House"

gloss

noun
1. A radiant brightness or glow, usually due to light reflected from a smooth surface:
verb
1. To give a gleaming luster to, usually through friction:
2. To give a deceptively attractive appearance to.Also used with over:
Idioms: paper over, put a good face on.
phrasal verb
gloss over
To conceal or make light of a fault or offense:
Translations
يُحاوِل إخْفاء
zakrýtzastírat
dække over
elkendõz
breiîa yfir
zastierať
saklamaya çalışmak

w>gloss over

vt sep (= try to conceal)vertuschen; (= make light of)beschönigen; he glossed over the various points raised by the criticser hat die verschiedenen Punkte der Kritiker einfach vom Tisch gewischt

gloss

(glos) noun
brightness or shininess on the surface. Her hair has a lovely gloss; (also adjective) gloss paint.
verb
to make a glossary. The student glossed the difficult terms in order to understand the article.
ˈglossary (-səri) plural ˈglossaries noun
a list of words etc with their meanings. a glossary of technical terms; a Shakespeare glossary.
ˈglossy adjective
smooth and shining. The dog has a glossy coat.
ˈglossiness noun
gloss over
to try to hide (a mistake etc). He glossed over the fact that he had forgotten the previous appointment by talking about his accident.
References in classic literature ?
It was exactly as if they had both had at heart to gloss over any recent little friction.
But Levin, as he talked to his brother, was continually looking round at Vronsky, trying to think of something to say to him to gloss over his rudeness.
Speak, gentlemen, speak -- I am listening; conceal nothing, gloss over nothing.