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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gloss \Gloss\ (gl[o^]s), n. [Cf. Icel. glossi a blaze, glys
     finery, MHG. glosen to glow, G. glosten to glimmer; perh.
     akin to E. glass.]
     1. Brightness or luster of a body proceeding from a smooth
        surface; polish; as, the gloss of silk; cloth is
        calendered to give it a gloss.
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              It is no part . . . to set on the face of this cause
              any fairer gloss than the naked truth doth afford.
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     2. A specious appearance; superficial quality or show.
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              To me more dear, congenial to my heart,
              One native charm than all the gloss of art.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gloss \Gloss\ (gl[o^]s), v. t.
     1. To render clear and evident by comments; to illustrate; to
        explain; to annotate.
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     2. To give a specious appearance to; to render specious and
        plausible; to palliate by specious explanation.
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              You have the art to gloss the foulest cause.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gloss \Gloss\, v. i.
     1. To make comments; to comment; to explain. --Dryden.
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     2. To make sly remarks, or insinuations. --Prior.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gloss \Gloss\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Glossed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     To give a superficial luster or gloss to; to make smooth and
     shining; as, to gloss cloth.
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           The glossed and gleamy wave.             --J. R. Drake.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gloss \Gloss\, n. [OE. glose, F. glose, L. glossa a difficult
     word needing explanation, fr. Gr. ? tongue, language, word
     needing explanation. Cf. Gloze, Glossary, Glottis.]
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     1. A foreign, archaic, technical, or other uncommon word
        requiring explanation. [Obs.]
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     2. An interpretation, consisting of one or more words,
        interlinear or marginal; an explanatory note or comment; a
        running commentary.
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              All this, without a gloss or comment,
              He would unriddle in a moment.        --Hudibras.
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              Explaining the text in short glosses. --T. Baker.
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     3. A false or specious explanation. --Dryden.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text
           [syn: gloss, rubric]
      2: an alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized
         field of knowledge; usually published as an appendix to a
         text on that field [syn: glossary, gloss]
      3: the property of being smooth and shiny [syn: polish,
         gloss, glossiness, burnish]
      4: an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately
         misleading; "he hoped his claims would have a semblance of
         authenticity"; "he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of
         moral sanction"; "the situation soon took on a different
         color" [syn: semblance, gloss, color, colour]
      v 1: give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing
      2: provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases; "He
         annotated on what his teacher had written" [syn: gloss,
         comment, annotate]
      3: provide an interlinear translation of a word or phrase
      4: give a deceptive explanation or excuse for; "color a lie"
         [syn: color, colour, gloss]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  407 Moby Thesaurus words for "gloss":
     abuse of terms, acting, affectation, afterglow, air glow, alibi,
     allowance, amplification, analysis, annotate, annotation, apology,
     apparatus criticus, appearance, apply paint, attitudinizing,
     bedaub, bedizen, begild, belie, besmear, bilingual text,
     biographical dictionary, blind, bluff, bluffing, brightness,
     brush on paint, buff, burnish, butter, calcimine, camouflage,
     candescence, catachresis, cheating, chemical dictionary, clavis,
     cloak, coat, color, coloring, comment, comment upon, commentary,
     commentate, commentation, complexion, conceal, contort, contorting,
     cover, cover story, cover up, cover-up, creamy, crib,
     critical review, criticism, criticize, critique, cursoriness, dab,
     daub, deception, decipherment, decoding, decontamination, deep-dye,
     define, definition, delicate, delusion, desk dictionary, device,
     dialect dictionary, dictionary, dictionary of quotations, dip,
     disguise, dissemblance, dissembling, dissimulation, distemper,
     distort, distortion, double-dye, dress up, dye, edit, editorial,
     eggshell, eisegesis, electronics dictionary, elucidate,
     elucidation, embellish, emblazon, embroider, enamel, engild,
     epidermis, error, etymological dictionary, excuse, exegesis,
     explain, explanation, explicate, explication,
     extenuating circumstances, extenuation, extenuative, exteriority,
     facade, face, faithful translation, fakery, faking, false air,
     false appearance, false front, false show, falsify, falsity,
     fast-dye, feigning, feint, finish, flat, flush, footnote,
     foreign-language dictionary, four-flushing, fraud,
     free translation, fresco, front, fudge, furbish, garble, garbling,
     gazetteer, general dictionary, geological dictionary,
     get one wrong, get wrong, gild, gilding, gilt, glance, glaze,
     gleam, glint, gloss, gloss over, glossary, glossiness, glow,
     gradus, grain, guise, handle, hide, hue, humbug, humbuggery,
     illuminate, imbue, imposture, incandescence, ingrain, interlinear,
     interlinear translation, interpret, interpretation, iridescent,
     japan, key, lacquer, lame excuse, lay on, lay on color, leader,
     leading article, lexicon, light, locus standi, loose translation,
     luster, make an edition, malentendu, malobservation, mask,
     masquerade, mellow, mere scratch, meretriciousness, metaphrase,
     misapplication, misapply, misapprehend, misapprehension,
     miscitation, miscite, miscolor, misconceive, misconception,
     misconstruction, misconstrue, misdeem, misexplain, misexplanation,
     misexplicate, misexplication, misexposition, misexpound,
     misintelligence, misinterpret, misinterpretation, misjudge,
     misjudgment, misquotation, misquote, misread, misreading,
     misrender, misrendering, misreport, misrepresent, misstate,
     mistake, mistranslate, mistranslation, misunderstand,
     misunderstanding, misuse of words, mitigation, mother-of-pearl,
     nacreous, no depth, no water, nomenclator, notation, note,
     note of explanation, notice, onomasticon, opalescent,
     ostensible motive, ostentation, outward show, overstate, paint,
     pale, palliation, palliative, paraphrase, parget, pastel, patina,
     patinaed, pearly, perversion, pervert, phrase book, pigment,
     pinprick, playacting, polish, polyglot dictionary, pony,
     poor excuse, pose, posing, posture, pretense, pretension, pretext,
     prime, protestation, public motive, put-off, qualification, quiet,
     refuge, remark, remark upon, report, representation, restatement,
     review, rewording, rhyming dictionary, rind, rub,
     running commentary, sad, scholium, science dictionary, scour,
     scratch, screen, seeming, semblance, semigloss, shade, shadow,
     shallowness, sham, sheen, shellac, shine, shininess, shining light,
     shoaliness, show, silkiness, simple, simulacrum, simulation, skin,
     skylight, slang dictionary, slant, slap on, slather, sleek,
     sleekness, slick, slick down, slickness, slightness, slop on paint,
     smear, smear on, smoke screen, smooth over, sober, soft,
     soft-colored, soft-hued, softened, softening, somber,
     specialized dictionary, speciousness, spread on, spread with,
     squeeze, squeezing, stain, stalking-horse, stipple, strain,
     strain the sense, stratagem, subdued, subterfuge, subtle,
     sunset glow, superficiality, superficies, surface, sweet,
     synonym dictionary, synonymy, tar, tender, thesaurus, tinct,
     tincture, tinge, tint, titivate, tone, torture, torturing,
     transcription, translate, translation, transliteration,
     treasury of words, trick, trick out, triviality, trot, twist,
     twist the words, twisting, unabridged dictionary, undercoat,
     understate, varnish, veil, veneer, vocabulary, wash, wax,
     whitewash, whitewashing, window dressing, word of explanation,
     wordbook, wrench, wrenching, write-up

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  GLOSS. Interpretation, comment, explanation, or remark, intended to 
  illustrate the text of an author. 

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