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  • n. Plural form of gilding.


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  • A leathern belt sustained a large and heavy sword on one side, and on the other that gay poniard which had once called Sir Piercie Shafton master, of which the hatchments and gildings were already much defaced, either by rough usage or neglect.

    The Monastery

  • They could find no news of Naomi there so they fared on to Damascus, where they abode three days, after which the Persian took a shop and he adorned even the shelves with vessels of costly porcelain, with covers of silver, and with gildings and stuffs of price.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • In the mornings we usually read together in the same room; but then it often happened that one or other of our cousins entered to seek some parchment duodecimo that could be converted into a fishing-book, despite its gildings and illumination, or to tell us of some “sport toward,” or from mere want of knowing where else to dispose of themselves.

    Rob Roy

  • The majority of screenwriting books, although adding their own little gildings of the matzah, stayed in that structural paradigm.

    Archive 2005-10-16

  • Every thing was grand, and of happy contrivance: the paintings, the furniture, the gildings, petrified me with awe, and raised my idea of the owner.

    The Vicar of Wakefield

  • Not more than twenty perhaps remained, under shelter on the land, leaning over on their sides or standing upright on their keels, with lofty poops and swelling prows, and covered with gildings and mystic symbols.


  • Instead of cobwebs, they were now hung with rich silks of Damascus, and the gildings and arabesque paintings were restored to their original brilliancy and freshness.

    The Alhambra

  • Many are richly ornamented with inlays of ivory, exotic woods, and gildings of gold.

    Computer Underground Digest Volume 1, Issue #1.26

  • “Beneath the rustic garb of the plowman and not beneath the gildings of the courtier will strength and vigor of the body be found,” exclaimed Rousseau (Discours ..., p. 104), and “Healthy as a Shepherd-boy,” sang Wordsworth.


  • When they have done their utmost with their burnished glass and gildings, an eye of flesh can not only behold it, but, if it be guided by reason, see it contemptible and foolish.

    Meditations and Discourses on the Glory of Christ


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