I. noun Etymology: akin to Middle High German glosen to glow, shine; akin to Old English geolu yellow Date: 1538 1. a surface luster or brightness ; shine 2. a. a deceptively attractive appearance <
selfishness that had a gloss of humanitarianism about it
b. bright often superficial attractiveness <
show-biz gloss
3. a transparent cosmetic preparation for adding shine and usually color to the lips II. transitive verb Date: 1656 1. a. to mask the true nature of ; give a deceptively attractive appearance to — used with over <
the misery was general, where not glossed over by liberal application of alcohol — Marston Bates
b. to deal with (a subject or problem) too lightly or not at all — used with over <
glosses over scholarly controversies rather than confronting them head-on — John Israel
2. to give a gloss to III. noun Etymology: alteration of gloze, from Middle English glose, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin glosa, glossa, from Greek glōssa, glōtta tongue, language, obscure word; akin to Greek glōchis projecting point Date: 1548 1. a. a brief explanation (as in the margin or between the lines of a text) of a difficult or obscure word or expression b. a false and often willfully misleading interpretation (as of a text) 2. a. glossary b. an interlinear translation c. a continuous commentary accompanying a text 3. commentary, interpretation IV. transitive verb Date: 1603 1. a. to provide a gloss for ; explain, define b. interpret 2. to dispose of by false or perverse interpretation <
trying to gloss away the irrationalities of the universe — Irwin Edman

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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