American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Gold beaten into extremely thin sheets used especially for gilding.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Gold beaten into the form of very thin leaf or sheet. An ounce of gold may be beaten out so as to cover 200 square feet or more, the leaf used for gilding being often much thinner than this. The gold is rolled into a ribbon not thicker than ordinary paper; it is then cut into pieces an inch square, piled up with much larger square pieces ot gold-beaters' skin, and beaten until it reaches their size. It is then cut up again, interleaved with fresh pieces of the skin, and again beaten, and so on. A book of gold-leaf measures 3¾ by 3½ and a leaf of gold 3⅜ by 3⅜ inches. There are 25 leaves in a book, and 20 books In a pack.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. gold beaten into a film of extreme thinness, and used for gilding, etc. It is much thinner than gold foil.
- n. a very thin form of gold foil
“The barge was wide and comfortably appointed with luxurious touches: a fully staffed kitchen, a dining room with goblets and gold plates, beds with gold leaf on the headboards, privy stool-closets hung with crimson velvet and perfumed with fresh irises in a silver vase fastened to the wall.”
“The ballroom at Dunbarton Hall, though rather small in comparison with some of the grander ballrooms that entertained the ton during the Season in London, was nevertheless splendidly decorated with gold leaf and paintings and chandeliers, and its size had been artfully enhanced by a coved ceiling and by huge mirrors along one long wall.”
“For gold leaf dissolved by aqua regia gives no heat to the touch; no more does lead dissolved in aqua fortis; neither again does quicksilver”
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