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glossnoun

 us   /ɡlɑs, ɡlɔs/
  • gloss noun (SHINE)

[U] a smooth shine on the surface of something: The floor was waxed and buffed to a high gloss.
  • gloss noun (EXPLANATION)

[C] an explanation of a word or phrase in a text
gloss
verb [T]  us   /ɡlɑs, ɡlɔs/
Special senses of words are glossed in this dictionary.
(Definition of gloss from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"gloss" in British English

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glossnoun

uk   /ɡlɒs/  us   /ɡlɑːs/
  • gloss noun (APPEARANCE)

[S or U] a smooth, shiny appearance on the surface of something: Marble can be polished to a high gloss. This varnish provides a long-lasting and hard-wearing gloss finish.
[U] paint that produces a smooth, shiny appearance on a surface: We'll need a litre of gloss (paint) to cover the woodwork. All the shades are available in matt or gloss.
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[U] a substance used to make your lips, hair, or skin appear shiny: lip gloss
  • gloss noun (EXPLANATION)

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

glossverb [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.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of gloss from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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