I struggled with this for a long time. The
glossaries package is for making a kind of an index with definitions. What I had was a list of definitions, and I simply wanted to print them in a format suitable for definitions. I did not want to go through the book and find all, or even some, of the places where the terms were used.
After a lot of digging though a lot of arcane documentation, I finally experimented enough to find this relatively easy solution:
\item[analytics] -- A mechanism for collecting and processing
statistics in a meaningful way.
\item[best practice] -- An approach to achieving a particular outcome
that is believed to be more effective than any other approach in a
particular condition or circumstance.
\item[business operations platform (BOP)] -- A next-generation
technology platform oriented toward continuously designing,
executing, monitoring, changing, and optimizing critical business
\item[business process] -- A set of one or more linked activities
which collectively realize a business objective or policy goal,
normally within the context of an organizational structure defining
functional roles and relationships.
The resulting output looks like this:
Hope that is helpful to those who just want a list of definitions formatted.