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See: Word Sense Definition, Glossary, Glossary Term Definition.




  • (WordNet, 2009) ⇒
    • S: (n) gloss, rubric (an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text)
    • S: (n) glossary, gloss (an alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge; usually published as an appendix to a text on that field)
    • S: (n) polish, gloss, glossiness, burnish (the property of being smooth and shiny)
    • S: (n) semblance, gloss, color, colour (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"
    • S: (v) gloss (give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing)
    • S: (v) gloss, comment, annotate (provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases) "He annotated on what his teacher had written"
    • S: (v) gloss (provide an interlinear translation of a word or phrase)
    • S: (v) color, colour, gloss (give a deceptive explanation or excuse for) "color a lie"


  • (Matthews, 2007) ⇒ Peter H Matthews. (2007). “Oxford Concise Dictionary of Linguistics." Oxford University Press
    • QUOTE: gloss Any explanation of the meaning of a word or expression. Traditionally of glosses added to texts: e.g. a translation into Old Irish in the margin of a manuscript in Latin. Then to entries in glossary or collection of glosses, or in dictionaries.