Dictionary: GLOSS'A-RIST – GLOW

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A writer of glosses or comments. Tyrwhitt.

GLOSS'A-RY, n. [Fr. glossaire; Low L. glossarium.]

A dictionary or vocabulary, explaining obscure or antiquated words found in old authors; such as Du Cange's Glossary; Spelman's Glossary.

GLOS-SA'TOR, n. [Fr. glossateur.]

A writer of comments; a commentator. [Not used.] Ayliffe.


Made smooth and shining; explained.


  1. A writer of glosses; a scholiast; a commentator.
  2. A polisher; one who gives a luster.

GLOSS'I-NESS, n. [from glossy.]

The luster or brightness of a smooth surface. Boyle.


Giving luster to; polishing; explaining by comments; giving a specious appearance.


A writer of comments. [Not in use.] Wilton.

GLOSS'LY, adv.

Like gloss. Cowley.

GLOSS-OG'RA-PHER, n. [gloss and Gr. γραφω, to write.]

A writer of glosses; a commentator; a scholiast. Hayward.


The writing of comments for illustrating an author.


Pertaining to glossology.

GLOSS-OL'O-GIST, n. [gloss and Gr. λογος.]

One who writes glosses; a commentator.

GLOSS-OL'O-GY, n. [gloss and Gr. λογος, discourse.]

Glosses or commentaries; explanatory notes for illustrating an author.


Smooth and shining; reflecting luster from a smooth surface; highly polished; as, glossy silk; a glossy raven; a glossy plum. Dryden.

GLOTTIS, n. [Gr. γλωττα, the tongue.]

The narrow opening at the upper part of the trachea or windpipe, which, by its dilatation and contraction, contributes to the modulation of the voice. Encyc. Parr.

GLOUT, v.i. [Scot.]

To pout; to look sullen. [Not used.] Garth.

GLOUT, v.t.

To view attentively. [Not in use.]

GLOVE, n. [Sax. glof. Qu. W. golov, a cover. The G. D. Sw. and Dan. call it a hand-shoe.]

A cover for the hand, or for the hand and arm, with a separate sheath for each finger. The latter circumstance distinguishes the glove from the mitten. To throw the glove, with our ancestors, was to challenge to single combat.

GLOVE, v.t.

To cover with a glove. Shak.

GLOV'ED, pp.

Covered with a glove.


One whose occupation is to make and sell gloves.

GLOW, n.2

  1. Shining heat, or white heat.
  2. Brightness of color; redness; as, the glow of health in the cheeks. A waving glow his bloomy beds display, / Blushing in bright diversities of day. Pope.
  3. Vehemence of passion.

GLOW, v.i.

To heat so as to shine. [Not used.] Shak.

GLOW, v.i.1 [Sax. glowan, G. glühen; D. gloeijen, Dan. glöder, to glow, to be red with heat; Dan. glöd, gloe, Sax. gled, D. gloed, G. gluth, Sw. glöd, W. glo, Corn. glou, Arm. glaouen, a live coal; W. gla or glaw, a shining; gloyw, bright; gloywi, to brighten, or make clear.]

  1. To shine with intense heat; or perhaps more correctly, to shine with a white heat; to exhibit incandescence. Hence, in a more general sense, to shine with a bright luster. Glows in the stars and blossoms in the trees. Pope.
  2. To burn with vehement heat. The scorching fire that in their entrails glows. Addison.
  3. To feel great heat of body; to be hot. Did not his temples glow / In the same sultry winds and scorching heats? Addison.
  4. To exhibit a strong bright color; to be red. Clad in a gown that glows with Tyrian rays. Dryden. Fair ideas flow, / Strike in the sketch, or in the picture glow. Pope.
  5. To be bright or red with heat or animation, or with blushes; as, glowing cheeks.
  6. To feel the heat of passion; to be ardent; to be animated, as by intense love, zeal, anger, &c. We say, the heart glows with love or zeal; the glowing breast. When real virtue fires the glowing bard. Lewis. If you have never glowed with gratitude to the author of the Christian revelation, you know nothing of Christianity. Buckminster.
  7. To burn with intense heat; to rage; as passion. With pride it mounts, and with revenge it glows. Dryden.