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An annotation, explanation, or commentary on a particular passage in a book or document, which is ordinarily placed on the same page or in the margin to elucidate or amplify the passage.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

GLOSS. Interpretation, comment, explanation, or remark, intended to illustrate the text of an author.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The term glossing has traditionally been used to refer to providing written explanations of difficult words, phrases or expressions that appear in a text.
But these pronoun-glosses do not (necessarily) agree with their lemmata in gender and number, and are not, therefore, strictly analogous to the very common form of grammatical glossing in which forms of the demonstrative hic/haec/hoc are supplied for their lemmata to indicate the gender, number, and case of the form in question.(6) Further, although several of the pronoun-glosses do indicate the case of a lemma, the adverb-glosses provide significantly more information than would a simple 'morphological' gloss.
* Use of narrow particle size ultra-fine ground carbonate to improve glossing
Glossing the text of a play by Shakespeare is no easy matter, given the rich wordplay and nuances of his language, and editors will differ in their emphases.
The logical explanation for the appearance of glossing of this kind is that the scribe, while copying page for page, occasionally wrote in the glosses from the exemplar by accident.
The hollow sphere configuration and particle size distribution of Dow's new plastic pigment/binder combination contributes to even easier glossing performance and a smoother coated sheet.