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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.