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English definition of “gloss”


noun [U] (SHINE)   /ɡlɑs, ɡlɔs/
a smooth shine on the surface of something: The floor was waxed and buffed to a high gloss.
(Definition of gloss noun (SHINE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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