- 1Shine or luster on a smooth surface: hair with a healthy glossMore example sentences
- The entire process takes about a week and is completed by giving the candied chestnuts a final coating of sugar syrup which dries to a smooth clear gloss.
- It is in the scalp that natural oils are manufactured and distributed throughout your hair to give it shine and gloss.
- You look outside and see it - that shining, shimmering gloss of frost on the ground, on the car, and in the trees.
- 1.1 (also gloss paint) A type of paint that dries to a bright shiny surface.More example sentences
- A previous owner had painted the top in gloss paint, which cracked after only a few weeks, and made the roof look like crazy paving.
- When painting using gloss paint, the paint tends to go on your hands and generally all over the place.
- I do not want to paint it with gloss paint as it took ages to strip in the first place.
- 2 [in singular] A superficially attractive appearance or impression: beneath the gloss of success was a tragic private lifeMore example sentences
- This film at least rips away the superficial gloss, and forces us to confront the utter savagery of the abuse heaped on Christ.
- Beneath the manufactured gloss of the event is a public transport infrastructure bursting at the seams.
- However, the legislation does still retain a superficial gloss to tempt the consumer/voter.
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- 1Apply a cosmetic gloss to.More example sentences
- She went natural on the makeup, too, applying just a hint of silvery-lilac shadow to her eyes and glossing up her lips with a frosty pink.
- A little Vaseline would afterward be glossed onto Mum's lips (so as to avoid chapping ‘not for showing off’).
- Finish the look by glossing your lips in sparkly pink.
- 2 (gloss over) Try to conceal or disguise (something embarrassing or unfavorable) by treating it briefly or representing it misleadingly: the social costs of this growth are glossed overMore example sentences
- All of these fertile sources rear their heads in this film, and all are briefly glossed over or flat out ignored.
- But though Einhard declared he would record nothing through hearsay, he also glossed over facts unfavourable to his hero.
- I briefly glossed over it in standard grade maths, but only just.
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- A cheaper but just as cheerful range is also available, where lip glossers in cherry, blackberry, green apple and nectarine are just £3.
- The one thing that's constant is the fact that, in our analyses, both the hypothetical insulters and our actual glossers are using the word.
- Purchase a clear glosser at your local drug store or create a home vinegar rinse.
mid 16th century: of unknown origin.
- 1A translation or explanation of a word or phrase.More example sentences
- For the commonest form of ‘hack’, the OED gives the gloss and etymology.
- He glosses word-bomb, which he admits is a ‘clunky construction’, at arm's length.
- If you wonder about ‘furphy’, as I did, here's a gloss and explanation.
- 1.1An explanation, interpretation, or paraphrase: the chapter acts as a helpful gloss on Pynchon’s general methodMore example sentences
- The theological treatises were probably already known at the court of Charlemagne around 800, and a tradition of glosses to the text probably goes back to the later ninth century.
- Add to the author's own notes the glosses and historicizing of the book's editor, and you have a book with nearly three times the length of commentary as of text.
- Such commentary and glosses have profound applications for contextualizing the archival documents presented in this series.
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- 1Provide an explanation, interpretation, or paraphrase for (a text, word, etc.).More example sentences
- He glosses the term as ‘being a colloquial word for anger’.
- But why then did he not simply gloss the word ‘necessity’ with ‘chronos’?
- For myself, I think there are dangers in seeking to gloss the words of the Convention itself.
- 1.1 [no object] (gloss on/upon) • archaic Write or make comments, especially unfavorable ones, about (something): those laws, which they assumed the liberty of interpreting and glossing uponMore example sentences
- It's a shrewd attempt to further their cause of inciting hatred and horror by glossing on a Western façade of ‘contemporary culture’ - and exporting it abroad, as a filmmaker notes.
- In effect, and glossing on Nielsen's analysis, Durkheim could not escape the limitations of the tradition precisely because he remained true to its central questions and its foundational distinctions.
mid 16th century: alteration of the noun gloze, from Old French glose (see gloze), suggested by medieval Latin glossa 'explanation of a difficult word', from Greek glōssa 'word needing explanation, language, tongue'.