• WordNet 3.6
    • n gilding a coating of gold or of something that looks like gold
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gilding Any superficial coating or appearance, as opposed to what is solid and genuine.
    • Gilding Gold in leaf, powder, or liquid, for application to any surface.
    • Gilding The art or practice of overlaying or covering with gold leaf; also, a thin coating or wash of gold, or of that which resembles gold.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gilding The art of overlaying or decorating with gold. A great number of processes are employed, which may be divided into two chief classes, mechanical and chemical. The first includes all the common methods of gilding by laying gold-leaf or gold-powder upon an adhesive surface, as in sign-painting, house-decorating, etc. The soldering of gold to a cheaper metal and rolling both down to a thin sheet is properly gold-plating. The chemical processes in gilding include electroplating with gold, by applying gold in an amalgam and afterward driving off the mercury by heat, applying gold to metals by dipping them in a bath of some solution of gold, and enameling with gold on porcelain or glass, the gold being put on the ware as a paint and afterward vitrified in a furnace.
    • n gilding The art or practice of producing the appearance of gilding by the use of other materials than gold. Compare gild, verb
    • n gilding That which is laid on in overlaying with gold; hence, any superficial coating used to give a better appearance to a thing than is natural to it.
    • n gilding A rich golden color imparted to herrings by the use of hard wood only in smoking them.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Gilding act or trade of a gilder: gold laid on any surface for ornament
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  • Hamlin Garland
    Hamlin Garland
    “There is no gilding of setting sun or glamour of poetry to light up the ferocious and endless toil of the farmers wives.”
  • Mark Twain
    “The highest perfection of politeness is only a beautiful edifice, built, from the base to the dome, of ungraceful and gilded forms of charitable and unselfish lying.”


Gild the lily - If you gild the lily, you decorate something that is already ornate.
Gilded cage - If someone is in a gilded cage, they are trapped and have restricted or no freedom, but have very comfortable surroundings- many famous people live in luxury but cannot walk out of their house alone.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gyldan—gold. See Gold.


In literature:

Eventually it was transformed into a semi-social and religious gild, and subsequently became a trade gild.
"At the Sign of the Barber's Pole" by William Andrews
In a gilded padium sat Nero, wearing a diamond collar and a golden crown upon his head.
"Standard Selections" by Various
Highly agitated, gilded with flattery, readily acquainted, he bubbled over promptly in confidences and intimate allusions.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
The inside was gilded, the metal sonorous as a bell, and weighed three hundred pounds.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
This is panelled, and moulded, and decorated with shields, upon which are painted and gilded various coats of arms.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Durham" by J. E. Bygate
I will make fast the doors, and gild myself With some more ducats, and be with you straight!
"Shakspere, Personal Recollections" by John A. Joyce
Idolatries never so gilded, waited on by heads of the Koreish, will do nothing for this man.
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
We now prepared to ascend still higher, and, after a tedious journey, arrived at the gilded gallery, which surmounts the dome.
"Young Americans Abroad" by Various
On the top of the principal dome we see a huge gilded crescent.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
The gilded mirrors reflect but two faces, both hectic and moody of dissipation.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams

In poetry:

From anxious fears of future ill
Guard well the cheerful, happy now;
Gild e'en your sorrows with a smile,
No blessing is unmix'd below.
"Horace, Book II. Ode XVI." by William Cowper
I do not know his grace the Duke,
Outside whose gilded gate there died
Of want a feeble, poor old man,
With but his shadow at his side.
"Who I Know" by William H Davies
So, gilded by the glow of youth,
Our varied life looks fair and gay;
And so remains the naked truth,
When that false light is past away.
"Views Of Life" by Anne Bronte
Or in a clear-wall'd city on the sea,
Near gilded organ-pipes, her hair
Wound with white roses, slept St. Cecily;
An angel look'd at her.
"The Palace of Art" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Oh! let bright Hesper be the glass,
Reflecting all our joy and woe;
How quick thy gilded moments pass!
My dull and dreary hours, how slow.
"Western Star" by William Crafts
Our guides are gone, our hope is lost,
And lightnings, as they play,
But show where rocks our path have crost,
Or gild the torrent's spray.
"Stanzas Composed During A Thunderstorm" by Lord George Gordon Byron

In news:

The Kiss' logo celebrates Symbolist painter's gilded sexuality.
Like other Gilded Age palaces of the nation's pre-Depression industrial titans, Lynnewood Hall faces an uncertain future.
How Bad Policies Brought Us a New Gilded Age.
A relatively short time ago, short time ago, in what was to some that heavenly stretch predating the fall 2008 financial quarter, people spent money on things — executives on gilded office renovations.
Au Printemps department store in Paris encompasses several buildings, including ones with gilded domes.
Jennifer Lawrence isn't shy about taking style risks (remember the gilded cut-out stunner she wore to The Hunger Games premiere in L.A.).
"The Richest Woman in America" Hetty Green in the Gilded Age by Janet Wallach .
Hetty Green in the Gilded Age.
A Grammy nominee at Arden Gild Hall.
On Monday, Sept 29, a few hours after the stock market's initial sickening plunge, Stefan Miljanic, founder of the New York men's wear label Gilded Age, was hard at work in his showroom on East Fourth Street.
Echoes of the 1930s , gilded bubble, access journalism.
Santa Barbara artist Ethan Turpin recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for his stereograph project The Gilded Garden.
Gray Foy, Artist and Avatar of a Gilded Age, Dies at 90.
At that time, the 1 percent of the late Gilded Age, men with names like Carnegie and Rockefeller, were creating major new philanthropic institutions.
Today Viread is taken by eight out of ten newly diagnosed AIDs patients, usually as part of two combo pills that Gilead ( GILD - news - people ) sells.

In science:

Superconductive silicon samples were prepared by gas immersion laser doping (GILD) . A precursor gas atmosphere BCl3 was injected on a <100>-oriented silicon wafer surface in order to saturate silicon chemisorption sites by boron atoms.
Subkelvin tunneling spectroscopy showing Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer superconductivity in heavily boron-doped silicon epilayers