What does the word gloss mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by Henry James