1. Brightness or luster of a body proceeding from a smooth surface; polish; as, the gloss of silk; cloth is calendered to give it a gloss.
  2. A specious appearance; superficial quality or show.
  3. A foreign, archaic, technical, or other uncommon word requiring explanation.
  4. An interpretation, consisting of one or more words, interlinear or marginal; an explanatory note or comment; a running commentary.
  5. A false or specious explanation.

v. t.

  1. To give a superficial luster or gloss to; to make smooth and shining; as, to gloss cloth.
  2. To render clear and evident by comments; to illustrate; to explain; to annotate.
  3. To give a specious appearance to; to render specious and plausible; to palliate by specious explanation.

v. i.

  1. To make comments; to comment; to explain.
  2. To make sly remarks, or insinuations.