from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The art or process of reducing gold to extremely thin leaves, by beating with a hammer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art or process of beating out gold into gold-leaf.
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Experiments made in gold-beating, show that ten thousand of those leaves occupy a space no thicker than a millimetre.
After being beaten in the manner I have described, the material soon becomes blended in one mass, which, moistened occasionally with water, is at intervals hammered out, by a kind of gold-beating process, to any degree of thinness required.