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  ( glosses    plural & 3rd person present)   ( glossing    present participle)   ( glossed    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-sing   A gloss is a bright shine on the surface of something.   (=sheen)  
Rain produced a black gloss on the asphalt.     
2       n-uncount   Gloss is an appearance of attractiveness or good quality which sometimes hides less attractive features or poor quality.  
Television commercials might seem more professional but beware of mistaking the gloss for the content.     
3       n-sing   If you put a glosson a bad situation, you try to make it seem more attractive or acceptable by giving people a false explanation or interpretation of it.  
a N, usu N on n  
He used his diary to put a fine gloss on the horrors the regime perpetrated...     
4       n-mass   Gloss is the same as gloss paint.  
5       n-mass   Gloss is a type of shiny make-up.  
She brushed gloss on to her eyelids., ...lip glosses.     
6       verb   If you gloss a difficult word or idea, you provide an explanation of it.  
Older editors glossed `drynke' as `love-potion'.      V n as n   gloss over      phrasal verb   If you gloss over a problem, a mistake, or an embarrassing moment, you try and make it seem unimportant by ignoring it or by dealing with it very quickly.  
Some foreign governments appear happy to gloss over continued human rights abuses.      V P n (not pron)  

gloss paint     
Gloss paint is paint that forms a shiny surface when it dries.      n-uncount  
lip gloss        ( lip glosses    plural  ) Lip gloss is a clear or very slightly coloured substance that some women put on their lips to make them shiny.      n-mass  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    brightness, brilliance, burnish, gleam, lustre, patina, polish, sheen, shine, varnish, veneer  
2    appearance, façade, front, mask, semblance, show, surface  
3    burnish, finish, furbish, glaze, lacquer, polish, shine, varnish, veneer  
4    camouflage, conceal, cover up, disguise, hide, mask, smooth over, sweep under the carpet     (informal)   veil, whitewash     (informal)  

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gloss          [2]  
      n   annotation, comment, commentary, elucidation, explanation, footnote, interpretation, note, scholium, translation  
      vb   annotate, comment, construe, elucidate, explain, interpret, translate  

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