from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Gold-leaf.
  • n. Native gold in thin, leaf-like forms.


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  • For however it may be thought all one, yet, if well considered, it will be found a quite different thing, to argue about gold in name, and about a parcel in the body itself, v.g. a piece of leaf-gold laid before us; though in discourse we are fain to substitute the name for the thing.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • Stretched in the sun, washing ears and paws, they watched her through indolent leaf-gold eyes.

    The Falcons of Montabard

  • _ -- Reaumur asserts, that in an experiment he made, one grain of gold was extended to rather more than forty-two square inches of leaf-gold; and that an ounce of gold, which in the form of a cube, is not half an inch either high, broad, or long, is beat under the hammer into a surface of 150 square feet.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 20, No. 575, November 10, 1832

  • I afterwards cut out nine square pieces of gauze of the same colors with the ribbons, and having put them one after another on a hoop of wood, with leaf-gold under them, the leaf-gold was attracted through all the colored pieces of gauze, but not through the white or black.

    A History of Science: in Five Volumes. Volume II: The Beginnings of Modern Science

  • This glory he describes as β€œthe leaf-gold which the devil has laid over the backside of ambition, to make it glitter to the world.”

    Daniel Defoe

  • This glory he describes as "the leaf-gold which the devil has laid over the backside of ambition, to make it glitter to the world."

    Daniel Defoe

  • Out of his box, in which were the most beautiful colours, the old man took a quantity of shining leaf-gold, while the boys had to go and fetch some white of egg, with which the sparrow was to be smeared all over; the gold was stuck on to this, and the sparrow-mother was now gilded all over.

    Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

  • When a great number of copies of the same volume are to be lettered, it is found to be cheaper to have a brass pattern cut with the whole of the proper title: this is placed in a press, and being kept hot, the covers, each having a small bit of leaf-gold placed in the proper position, are successively brought under the brass, and stamped.

    On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures

  • If the tooth has a small hole in it, it should be widened within by an instrument, and then stopped with leaf-gold, or leaf-lead; but should be extracted, if much decayed.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • Pray be quite easy about me: I am entirely recovered, though, if change were bad, we have scarce had one day without every variety of bad weather, with a momentary leaf-gold of sun.

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford β€” Volume 4


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