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GLOSS, n.2, v. Sc. usages. [glɔs]

I. n. “A light sleep, a doze, fitful slumber” (Ork. 1929 Marw.), a “wink”. Gen. in phr. a gloss o' sleep (Abd.27 1954). Abd. c.1915 14 :
I hinna gotten a gloss o' sleep a' nicht.
Ork. 1929  Marw.:
He was just in a gloss o' sleep.

II. v. 1. To slumber lightly, doze, be half-asleep (Ork. 1929 Marw.; Bnff., Abd. 1954). Abd. 1925 7 :
He was glossin owre, glossin to sleep.

2. With ower: to skim through in reading, to read cursorily (Abd.27, Ags.19 1954).

[Specif. meanings of Eng. gloss, surface appearance. Cf. Gliff, Glint, Glisk.]

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