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gloss

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishglossgloss1 /ɡlɒs $ ɡlɒːs, ɡlɑːs/ noun  1 [singular, uncountable]CSSHINEBRIGHT a bright shine on a surface This gel will add gloss to even the dullest hair.polish/shine to a high gloss The silverware had been polished to a high gloss.2 [singular, uncountable]NICE an attractive appearance on the surface of something that may hide something less pleasant syn veneer Beneath the gloss of success was a tragic private life. The injury to Keane took the gloss off Manchester United’s victory.3 [countable]TCN a note in a piece of writing that explains a difficult word, phrase, or idea4 [singular] a description or explanation that makes something seem more attractive or acceptable than it really isspin The minister was accused of putting a gloss on the government’s poor performance.5 gloss finish/print6 (also gloss paint) [uncountable] paint that looks shiny after it driesmatt
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glossIn places the green is so thick on the page that it develops a gloss like the dried skin of oil paint.The regime held elections in October, giving itself a gloss of democracy.This hair gel is guaranteed to add gloss even to the dullest hair.The gel is guaranteed to add gloss even to the dullest hair.The silverware had been polished to a high gloss.Examples of this are high gloss and art papers.And layers of gloss on those lovely shutters.At a meeting of the Royal Medical Society in 1860 he gave his own gloss on the prostitution debate.walls painted gloss whiteBut nothing could take the gloss off Townsend's night of glory.Stephanie did not look well. The gloss had gone from her blond hair and her skin was splotchy looking.The sides and bottoms were padded with hard-looking calluses and spattered with the gloss of little scars.It was another female, but small and insignificant-looking, with tawny wings whose gloss had faded.
glossgloss2 verb  TCN[transitive] to provide a note in a piece of writing, explaining a difficult word, phrase, or idea gloss over something→ See Verb table
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glossAs Annie adjusted the nappies under the wriggling body, she glossed back over the previous week.Feminist psychological theories tend to gloss over class relations, too.What many would-be reformers have glossed over is the transition problems involved in going from one system to another.Amy glossed over the bad times.They no longer have any time for politicians who try to gloss over the harsh facts of life.It was admirably researched, hut it glossed over the important questions while pointing up the trivial ones.He sounded like generals everywhere, who gloss over their setbacks and remember their triumphs.Some try to gloss over weak programming with slick packaging.
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Verb table
gloss
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theygloss
he, she, itglosses
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyglossed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave glossed
he, she, ithas glossed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad glossed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill gloss
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have glossed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam glossing
he, she, itis glossing
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you, we, theyare glossing
Past
I, he, she, itwas glossing
you, we, theywere glossing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been glossing
he, she, ithas been glossing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been glossing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be glossing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been glossing
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