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GLOSS, noun [Gr. the tongue, and a strap. Latin has glossa, a tongue, and interpretation. In Heb. signifies to shine, but from the sense of smoothness. Latin lustro; Eng. luster.]

1. Brightness or luster of a body proceeding from a smooth surface; as the gloss of silk; cloth is calendared to give it a gloss

2. A specious appearance or representation; external show that may mislead opinion.

It is no part of my secret meaning to set on the face of this cause any fairer gloss than the naked truth doth afford.

3. An interpretation artfully specious.

4. Interpretation; comment; explanation; remark intended to illustrate a subject.

All this, without a gloss or comment,

He would unriddle in a moment.

Explaining the text in short glosses.

5. A literal translation.

GLOSS, verb transitive To give a superficial luster to; to make smooth and shining; as, to gloss cloth by the calendar; to gloss mahogany.

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

2. To give a specious appearance to; to render specious and plausible; to palliate by specious representation.

You have the art to gloss the foulest cause.

GLOSS, verb intransitive To comment; to write or make explanatory remarks.

1. To make sly remarks.