1. Bbrightness or luster of a body proceeding from a smooth surface; polish; as, the gloss of silk; cloth is calendered to give it a gloss. "It is no part . . . To set on the face of this cause any fairer gloss than the naked truth doth afford." (Hooker)

2. A specious appearance; superficial quality or show. "To me more dear, congenial to my heart, One native charm than all the gloss of art." (Goldsmith)

Origin: Cf. Icel. Glossi a blaze, glys finery, MHG. Glosen to glow, G. Glosten to glimmer; perh. Akin to E. Glass.

To give a superficial luster or gloss to; to make smooth and shining; as, to gloss cloth. "The glossed and gleamy wave." (J. R. Drake)

Origin: Glossed; Glossing.

(01 Mar 1998)

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