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▪ Examples of this are high gloss and art papers.
▪ Horton noted that the higher the gloss in a finish, the more imperfections will show.
▪ Cheer up dull-looking cabinets by painting them in a high gloss or eggshell finish.
▪ By Michael at Paul Nath Sleek, high gloss finish achieved with maximum height.
▪ Three coats are usually sufficient if a high gloss finish is required.
▪ The last coat is rubbed down with wet and dry paper and brought to a high gloss with a burnishing cream.
▪ Remove all door furniture, and where the existing paint is in reasonable condition, apply exterior undercoat and high gloss.
▪ Johnson Matthey's Cerene glaze formulation has enabled Inax to commercialise a new series of high gloss, super white tile glazes.
▪ The next stage is buffing to a gloss finish.
▪ By Michael at Paul Nath Sleek, high gloss finish achieved with maximum height.
▪ Three coats are usually sufficient if a high gloss finish is required.
▪ Posturing while she checks her lip gloss.
▪ Her face was a white powder mask with black eye make-up and black lip gloss.
▪ On the second flight, beige broadloom gives way to brown linoleum, bevelled mirror to beige gloss paint.
▪ Rather than buy primer and undercoat specially, you can manage with a coat or two of gloss paint alone.
▪ Apart from adding a gloss to the section, the courts have had to interpret the actual wording.
▪ But a lot depends on how good a job Claris does when it comes to adding the final gloss.
▪ Slick on just a touch of colour or use a complementary tint over your favourite lipstick to add extra gloss.
▪ It's a semi-permanent, non-ammonia, non-peroxide colouring solution that looks perfectly natural but adds beautiful shine, gloss and vibrancy.
▪ Herbal Ribbon Gel was used to slick hair and add gloss without making it stiff and sticky.
▪ At a meeting of the Royal Medical Society in 1860 he gave his own gloss on the prostitution debate.
▪ Roth gives a good gloss of the Yiddish.
▪ By the middle of the decade, they had formulated their auteur theory, which gave a new gloss to film studies.
▪ It is not the authors' intention to give it this gloss.
▪ Especially as it is told by the protagonists themselves, each giving his own gloss on their titanic duel.
▪ This gave the effect of gloss and texture.
▪ But they can, too, be given a contemporary gloss.
▪ The bond market, a favorite safe haven during the markets tumult, lost its gloss as equities showed signs of life.
▪ Add vanilla extract and beat until mixture thickens and loses its gloss.
▪ If your hair has lost its natural gloss because of the chemicals in the colour, try a shine enhancing spray.
▪ All magazines and newspapers are a kind of conjuring trick - they put a gloss of coherence upon chaos.
▪ But he is a sufficiently good opportunist to put a strategic gloss on something he is going to do anyway.
▪ To that end Powell put a temporary gloss on an unstable situation.
▪ But it was new boy Matt who put the gloss on Oxford's performance.
▪ But nothing could take the gloss off Townsend's night of glory.
▪ Stephanie did not look well. The gloss had gone from her blond hair and her skin was splotchy looking.
▪ The gel is guaranteed to add gloss even to the dullest hair.
▪ The regime held elections in October, giving itself a gloss of democracy.
▪ The silverware had been polished to a high gloss.
▪ This hair gel is guaranteed to add gloss even to the dullest hair.
▪ walls painted gloss white
▪ And layers of gloss on those lovely shutters.
▪ At a meeting of the Royal Medical Society in 1860 he gave his own gloss on the prostitution debate.
▪ But nothing could take the gloss off Townsend's night of glory.
▪ Examples of this are high gloss and art papers.
▪ In places the green is so thick on the page that it develops a gloss like the dried skin of oil paint.
▪ It was another female, but small and insignificant-looking, with tawny wings whose gloss had faded.
▪ The sides and bottoms were padded with hard-looking calluses and spattered with the gloss of little scars.
▪ And they can gloss over the social forces that contribute to the appeal of reductionist and deterministic ideas.
▪ Before exploring this suggestion further, it will be necessary to address certain issues that I have glossed over.
▪ It was admirably researched, hut it glossed over the important questions while pointing up the trivial ones.
▪ This was an important political gesture and it is glossed over here.
▪ Feminist psychological theories tend to gloss over class relations, too.
▪ What many would-be reformers have glossed over is the transition problems involved in going from one system to another.
▪ Such psychologistic interpretations of the unconscious tend, like psychoanalysis itself, to gloss over gender and other social relations.
▪ When they were mentioned, they were usually made light of, or glossed over.
▪ Amy glossed over the bad times.
▪ As Annie adjusted the nappies under the wriggling body, she glossed back over the previous week.
▪ Feminist psychological theories tend to gloss over class relations, too.
▪ He sounded like generals everywhere, who gloss over their setbacks and remember their triumphs.
▪ It was admirably researched, hut it glossed over the important questions while pointing up the trivial ones.
▪ Some try to gloss over weak programming with slick packaging.
▪ They no longer have any time for politicians who try to gloss over the harsh facts of life.
▪ What many would-be reformers have glossed over is the transition problems involved in going from one system to another.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Gloss \Gloss\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Glossed; p. pr. & vb. n. Glossing.] 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.


Gloss \Gloss\, n. [OE. glose, F. glose, L. glossa a difficult word needing explanation, fr. Gr. ? tongue, language, word needing explanation. Cf. Gloze, Glossary, Glottis.]

  1. A foreign, archaic, technical, or other uncommon word requiring explanation. [Obs.]

  2. 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.

    Explaining the text in short glosses.
    --T. Baker.

  3. A false or specious explanation.


Gloss \Gloss\ (gl[o^]s), n. [Cf. Icel. glossi a blaze, glys finery, MHG. glosen to glow, G. glosten to glimmer; perh. akin to E. glass.]

  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.

  2. A specious appearance; superficial quality or show.

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


Gloss \Gloss\ (gl[o^]s), v. t.

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

  2. 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.


Gloss \Gloss\, v. i.

  1. To make comments; to comment; to explain.

  2. To make sly remarks, or insinuations.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"luster," 1530s, from Scandinavian (compare Icelandic glossi "flame," related to glossa "to flame"), or obsolete Dutch gloos "a glowing," from Middle High German glos; probably ultimately from the same source as Old English glowan (see glow (v.)).


"word inserted as an explanation," 1540s (earlier gloze, c.1300), from Latin glossa "obsolete or foreign word," one that requires explanation; hence also "explanation, note," from Greek glossa (Ionic), glotta (Attic) "obscure word, language," also "mouthpiece," literally "tongue," from PIE *glogh- "thorn, point, that which is projected" (source also of Old Church Slavonic glogu "thorn"). Figurative use from 1540s. Both glossology (1716) and glottology (1841) have been used in the sense "science of language."


1570s as "insert a word as an explanation," from gloss (n.2). From 1650s as "to add luster," from gloss (n.1). Figurative sense of "smooth over, hide" is from 1729, mostly from gloss (n.1) but showing influence of gloss (n.2) in the extended verbal sense of "explain away" (1630s), from idea of a note inserted in the margin of a text to explain a difficult word. Related: Glossed; glossing.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context uncountable English) A surface shine or luster/lustre 2 (context uncountable figuratively English) A superficially or deceptively attractive appearance vb. 1 (context transitive English) To give a gloss or sheen to. 2 (context transitive English) To make (something) attractive by deception 3 (context intransitive English) To become shiny. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context countable English) A foreign, archaic, technical, or other uncommon word requiring explanation. 2 (context countable English) A brief explanatory note or translation of a difficult or complex expression, usually inserted in the margin or between lines of a text. 3 (context countable English) A glossary; a collection of such notes. 4 (context countable English) An extensive commentary on some text. 5 (rfv-sense) (context countable English) A deliberately misleading explanation. 6 (context countable English) A brief explanation in speech or in a written work, including a synonym used with the intent of indicating the meaning of the word to which it is applied 7 (context countable legal US English) An interpretation by a court of specific point within a statute or case law vb. 1 (context transitive English) To add a gloss to (a text). 2 (rfv-sense) (context transitive English) To give a deliberately false interpretation of.

  1. n. an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text [syn: rubric]

  2. an alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge; usually published as an appendix to a text on that field [syn: glossary]

  3. the property of being smooth and shiny [syn: polish, glossiness, burnish]

  4. an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading; "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" [syn: semblance, color, colour]

  1. v. give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing

  2. provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases; "He annotated on what his teacher had written" [syn: comment, annotate]

  3. provide an interlinear translation of a word or phrase

  4. gloss or excuse; "color a lie" [syn: color, colour]

Gloss (optics)

Gloss is an optical property which indicates how well a surface reflects light in a specular (mirror-like) direction. It is one of important parameters that are used to describe the visual appearance of an object. The factors that affect gloss are the refractive index of the material, the angle of incident light and the surface topography.

Apparent gloss depends on the amount of specular reflection – light reflected from the surface in an equal amount and the symmetrical angle to the one of incoming light – in comparison with diffuse reflection – the amount of light scattered into other directions.


Gloss may refer to:

Gloss (annotation)

A gloss (from , from glóssa "language") is a brief notation, especially a marginal one or an interlinear one, of the meaning of a word or wording in a text. It may be in the language of the text, or in the reader's language if that is different.

A collection of glosses is a glossary. A collection of medieval legal glosses, made by glossators, is called an apparatus. The compilation of glosses into glossaries was the beginning of lexicography, and the glossaries so compiled were in fact the first dictionaries. In modern times a glossary, as opposed to a dictionary, is typically found in a text as an appendix of specialized terms that the typical reader may find unfamiliar. Also, satirical explanations of words and events are called glosses. The German Romantic movement used the expression of gloss for poems commenting on a given other piece of poetry, often in the Spanish Décima style.

Glosses were originally notes made in the margin or between the lines of a text in a classical language; the meaning of a word or passage is explained by the gloss. As such, glosses vary in thoroughness and complexity, from simple marginal notations of words one reader found difficult or obscure, to interlinear translations of a text with cross references to similar passages. Today parenthetical explanations in scientific writing and technical writing are also often called glosses. Hyperlinks to a glossary sometimes supersede them.

Gloss (comics)

Gloss is a fictional superhero published by DC Comics. She first appeared in Millennium #2 (January 1988), and was created by Steve Engelhart and Joe Staton.

Gloss (TV series)

Gloss was a television drama series in New Zealand that screened from 1987 to 1990. The series was about a fictional publishing empire run by the Redfern family.

It was a starting point for many actors who went on to many productions in New Zealand, Australia and around the world including Temuera Morrison, Miranda Harcourt, Peter Elliott, Lisa Chappell, Danielle Cormack and Kevin Smith. Many of them would go on to star in Shortland Street.

Writers for the show included James Griffin, who went on to write Outrageous Fortune, Rosemary McLeod and Ian Mune.

The show's title theme song was performed by Beaver Morrison.

The show has not been rescreened since its original screening (nor is it available on DVD), but selected extracts have been made available for viewing on NZ On Screen.

Usage examples of "gloss".

They were tiny brilliant birds, gleaming with gloss and health, and Romilly caught her breath at the sight of them.

Roman, eyes large, black, and sparkling, and a ruddiness in his cheeks that was the more a grace, for his complexion was of the brownest, not of that dusky dun colour which excludes the idea of freshness, but of that clear, olive gloss which, glowing with life, dazzles perhaps less than fairness, and yet pleases more, when it pleases at all.

Egerton had more of the gloss of life, those of Denbigh were certainly distinguished by a more finished delicacy and propriety.

Sometimes the desire for power, or to possess the substance for its own sake, moves the plot, but the Dickensian themes of mistaken, lost, or found identity, themes that have dominated novels ever since the nineteenth century, are deliberately effacedanother gloss on the modern situation.

Homer, should not leave some gloss of grecism upon the idiom into which so many of its greatest beauties had been transfused.

Behind the icons, on the wall, she sees her icon dancing against a gaudy familiar packaging, its gloss a little dulled from handling.

Sleeping next to him in the huge old bed that had been in the family since the days of Charles EL She would not be the first female member of her family to enter a loveless marriage--far from it, and even these days, in moneyed and powerful circles, marriage were often still very much paren tally instituted and approved, no matter how much this might be glossed over.

Such peripeties are often glossed over by the history of literature in silence.

He let his mind concentrate utterly on the gloss of the common phalaenopsis and its new growth: its bloom stem had yellowed, and he had soon to take the critical step of separating the parent and the offshoot on that yellowing stem.

Now by Baptism a man attains only to the lowest rank among the Christian people: and consequently it belongs to the lesser officials of the Church to baptize, namely, the priests, who hold the place of the seventy-two disciples of Christ, as the gloss says in the passage quoted from Luke 10.

I was beginning to think she was an evil robot, programmed to prattle on about purses until her frosty-pink lip gloss dried up.

After an emergency reapplication of lip gloss I made my way to the dressing room.

She checked her makeup in a compact minor, reapplied her lip gloss, and then returned to the party, entering through the banquet room.

He explained about Rips parents, glossing over the details of their death, then rapidly assured him Lorrie was safe in Lands End.

Daily life on the Ark, however had the Noahs borne it, that yearlong drift in searching circles afloat above their ruined world as the lambs and goats and she-bears and tigers and workhorses and owls and swans and geese among them contended for the best cabin and a preeminent chair upon the deck, all the while scanning the lowering skies, bent against the gales, complaining of the rain, glossed by lightning snaps, watching the far horizon for the first hint of land, for the greening crest of the highest hilltop to appear which they recognized at once and reclaimed as their own.