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. [1913 Webster]

No more the rising sun shall gild the morn. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. To make attractive; to adorn; to brighten. [1913 Webster]

Let oft good humor, mild and gay, Gild the calm evening of your day. --Trumbull. [1913 Webster]

3. To give a fair but deceptive outward appearance to; to embellish; as, to gild a lie. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To make red with drinking. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

This grand liquior that hath gilded them. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • gilding — noun a) The art of applying gold leaf to a surface b) Gold leaf …   Wiktionary

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