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 for gilding
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gilding \Gild"ing\ (g[i^]ld"[i^]ng), n.
     1. 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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     2. Gold in leaf, powder, or liquid, for application to any
        surface.
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     3. Any superficial coating or appearance, as opposed to what
        is solid and genuine.
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     Gilding metal, a tough kind of sheet brass from which
        cartridge shells are made.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gild \Gild\ (g[i^]ld), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gilded or Gilt
     (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Gilding.] [AS. gyldan, from gold gold.
     [root]234. See Gold.]
     1. To overlay with a thin covering of gold; to cover with a
        golden color; to cause to look like gold. "Gilded
        chariots." --Pope.
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              No more the rising sun shall gild the morn. --Pope.
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     2. To make attractive; to adorn; to brighten.
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              Let oft good humor, mild and gay,
              Gild the calm evening of your day.    --Trumbull.
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     3. To give a fair but deceptive outward appearance to; to
        embellish; as, to gild a lie. --Shak.
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     4. To make red with drinking. [Obs.]
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              This grand liquior that hath gilded them. --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  gilding
      n 1: a coating of gold or of something that looks like gold
           [syn: gilt, gilding]

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