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Literal GoldPlay
The verb 'gild' literally involves applying actual gold, highlighting the luxurious or costly aspect. SlideThe artisans meticulously gilded the picture frame.
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Thin ApplicationPlay
Gilding implies a thin, often decorative layer, suggesting surface-level enhancement rather than transformation. SlideThe confectioner gilded the cake with edible gold leaf.
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Historical ValuePlay
Understanding 'gild' historically enriches its meaning, as it was a valued skill in ancient crafts and arts. SlideThe museum displayed a gilded manuscript from the medieval period.