Gloss vs Median - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between gloss and median

is that gloss is (uncountable) a surface shine or luster/lustre or gloss can be (countable) a foreign, archaic, technical, or other uncommon word requiring explanation while median is .

As a verb gloss

is to give a gloss or sheen to or gloss can be to add a gloss to (a text).

As a adjective median is

situated in the middle; central, intermediate.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Etymology 1

From a Germanic language, perhaps (etyl), (etyl) or (etyl) (compare ).


  • (uncountable) A surface shine or luster/lustre
  • (uncountable, figuratively) A superficially or deceptively attractive appearance
  • * Goldsmith
  • To me more dear, congenial to my heart, / One native charm than all the gloss of art.
  • * 2013 , Daniel Taylor, Danny Welbeck leads England's rout of Moldova but hit by Ukraine ban'' (in ''The Guardian , 6 September 2013)[]
  • Hodgson may now have to bring in James Milner on the left and, on that basis, a certain amount of gloss was taken off a night on which Welbeck scored twice but barely celebrated either before leaving the pitch angrily complaining to the Slovakian referee.
    * (surface shine ): brilliance, gleam, luster/lustre, sheen, shine * (superficially or deceptively attractive appearance ): , front, veneer


  • To give a gloss or sheen to.
  • To make (something) attractive by deception
  • * Philips
  • You have the art to gloss the foulest cause.
  • To become shiny.
  • Synonyms
    * (give a gloss or sheen to ): polish, shine * (make (something) attractive by deception ): * (become shiny ):

    Etymology 2

    From .


    (wikipedia gloss) (es)
  • (countable) A foreign, archaic, technical, or other uncommon word requiring explanation.
  • (countable) A brief explanatory note or translation of a difficult or complex expression, usually inserted in the margin or between lines of a text.
  • * Hudibras
  • All this, without a gloss or comment, / He would unriddle in a moment.
  • (countable) A glossary; a collection of such notes.
  • (countable) An extensive commentary on some text.
  • (rfv-sense) (countable) A deliberately misleading explanation.
  • (Dryden)
  • (countable) A brief explanation in speech or in a written work, including a synonym used with the intent of indicating the meaning of the word to which it is applied
  • (countable, legal, US) An interpretation by a court of specific point within a statute or case law
  • * 2007 Bruce R. Hopkins. The law of tax-exempt organizations. p. 76
  • Judicial Gloss on Test [section title]
  • * 1979 American Bar Foundation. Annotated code of professional responsibility . p. ix
  • This volume is thus not a narrowly defined treatment of the Code of Professional Responsibility but rather represents a "common law" gloss on it.
    * (brief explanatory note or translation of a difficult or complex expression ): explanation, note * (glossary ): glossary, lexicon * (extensive commentary on some text ): commentary, discourse, discussion * (deliberately misleading explanation ): deception, lie


  • To add a gloss to (a text).
  • (rfv-sense) To give a deliberately false interpretation of.
  • Synonyms
    * (add a gloss to ): annotate, mark up * (give a deliberately false interpretation of ): misrepresent



    (wikipedia median)


    (en noun)
  • * , II.3:
  • Why is not our jugular or throat-veine as much at our command as the mediane ?
  • * , II.5.2:
  • The Greeks prescribe the median or middle vein to be opened, and so much blood to be taken away as the patient may well spare, and the cut that is made must be wide enough.
  • (statistics) The quantity or value at the midpoint of a set of values, such that the variable is equally likely to fall above or below it; the middle value of a discrete series arranged in magnitude (or the mean of the middle two terms when there is an even number of terms).
  • (US) The median strip; the area separating two lanes of opposite-direction traffic.
  • Synonyms

    * (median strip) central reservation


  • Situated in the middle; central, intermediate.
  • (anatomy, botany) In the middle of an organ, structure etc.; towards the median plane of an organ or limb.
  • (statistics) Having the median as its value.
  • Derived terms

    * median line * median strip

    See also

    * average * mean * mode


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