from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An article made of or decorated with gold; goldsmiths' work; also, the stopping or filling of teeth with gold.


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  • It was with a most awkward and unwonted feeling that after entering and closing the door of his room he sat down, opened the morocco case, and held up each of the fragile bits of gold-work before his eyes.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • He stood only a little taller than average, a muscular, solid man in a coat of the high-collared Illianer style, so covered with gold-work it was hard to tell the cloth was green, but more than being one of the Chosen gave him stature.

    A Crown of Swords

  • Two younger men, minor Tairen lords, hung at the High Lord's heels, dark beards trimmed and oiled in perfect imitation of Weiramon's except that his was streaked with gray, and their breastplates, worn over brightly striped coats, bore gold-work only a touch less ornate than his.

    The Fires of Heaven

  • Suffice it only to say that in the naked sunlight, the superabundant gold-work shone so brightly as to offend the eye almost as painfully as did the actual design.

    River God

  • Broad hallways with golden lamps and high ceilings covered in delicate gold-work scrolls interested him not at all.

    The Shadow Rising

  • No flaunting Samian gold-work; but, exquisitely painted, the first service in red-figure I'd ever seen.

    The Praise Singer

  • As for Young, the sight of all this gold-work quite took his breath away.

    The Aztec Treasure-House

  • With marble stones and gold-work, and their doors of beaten brass:

    Lyra Heroica A Book of Verse for Boys

  • Ivory, like gold-work and enamel, was pressed into the adornment of architectural works.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 "Bulgaria" to "Calgary"

  • There are the delicate productions of Castellani, the gold and enamel of Venice, the gold-work of several different colors which has become so artistic; there are the modern antiques, copied from the Phoenician jewellery found at Cyprus -- these made into pins for the cap, pendants for the neck, rings and bracelets, boxes for the holding of small sweetmeats, so fashionable many years ago, are pretty presents for an elderly lady.

    Manners and Social Usages


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