gloss

Part of speech: verb

To polish.

Part of speech: noun

An explanatory note.

Part of speech: verb

To excuse; usually with over.

Part of speech: noun

Polish; deceptive show.

Part of speech: verb

To annotate; write marginal explanations.

Part of speech: noun

A plausible excuse.

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Usage examples "gloss":

  1. With a private day school having relatively few pupils and a tuition revenue only slightly above the cost of operation, it requires considerable strength of character for its owner not to gloss over a pupil's shortcomings. - "If You're Going to Live in the Country", Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley.
  2. A nice little black silk pelisse was hung on the stand opposite me; it was nice; a good gloss was upon the silk, the article was in the neatest style, and trimmed with great simplicity. - "Daisy", Elizabeth Wetherell.
  3. Why not, with such a studied omission on his part to gloss over in any manner the painful tension existing between them- the painful tension that, under providence, I've been the means of bringing about? - "The Spoils of Poynton", Henry James.