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English definition of “gloss”

gloss

noun uk   /ɡlɒs/ us    /ɡlɑːs/

gloss noun (APPEARANCE)

[S or U] a smooth, shiny appearance on the surface of something, or paint or a similar substance that produces this appearance: Marble can be polished to a high gloss. This varnish provides a long-lasting and hard-wearing gloss finish. lip gloss We'll need a litre of gloss (paint) to cover the woodwork.Paints, dyes and pigmentsColour - general words

gloss noun (EXPLANATION)

[C] an explanation for a word or phrase: Difficult expressions are explained in the glosses at the bottom of the page.Reasons and explanations

gloss

verb [T] uk   /ɡlɒs/ us    /ɡlɑːs/
to provide an explanation for a word or phrase: In the school edition of the book, the older and more rare words have been glossed.Defining and explaining
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of gloss from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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