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English noun: gloss

1. gloss (communication) an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text


Broader (hypernym)account, explanation

2. gloss (communication) an alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge; usually published as an appendix to a text on that field


Broader (hypernym)wordbook

3. gloss (attribute) the property of being smooth and shiny

Synonymsburnish, glossiness, polish

Broader (hypernym)effulgence, radiance, radiancy, refulgence, refulgency, shine, smoothness

Narrower (hyponym)French polish, glaze

4. gloss (attribute) an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading

SamplesHe 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.

Synonymscolor, colour, semblance

Broader (hypernym)appearance, visual aspect

Narrower (hyponym)camouflage, color of law, colour of law, disguise, face value, guise, pretence, pretense, pretext, simulacrum, verisimilitude

English verb: gloss

1. gloss (creation) give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)polish, shine, smooth, smoothen


2. gloss (communication) provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases

SamplesHe annotated on what his teacher had written.

Synonymsannotate, comment

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)interpret, rede

3. gloss (communication) provide an interlinear translation of a word or phrase

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)interpret, render, translate

4. gloss (communication) give a deceptive explanation or excuse for

SamplesColor a lie.

Synonymscolor, colour

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)apologise, apologize, excuse, justify, rationalise, rationalize

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