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"action of gilding," mid-15c.; "golden surface produced by gilding," 1630s; verbal noun from gild (v.).
the art of decorating the whole or parts of wood, metal, plaster, glass, or other objects with gold in leaf or powder form. The term also embraces the application of silver, palladium, aluminum, and copper alloys.