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  1. quartation(Noun)

    The act, process, or result (in the process of parting) of alloying a button of nearly pure gold with enough silver to reduce the fineness so as to allow acids to attack and remove all metals except the gold.

  2. Origin: quartus, "fourth", because usually enough silver is added to make the amount of gold in the alloyed button about one fourth.

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  1. Quartation(noun)

    the act, process, or result (in the process of parting) of alloying a button of nearly pure gold with enough silver to reduce the fineness so as to allow acids to attack and remove all metals except the gold; -- called also inquartation. Compare Parting

  2. Origin: [L. quartus the fourth: cf. F. quartation. So called because usually enough silver is added to make the amount of gold in the alloyed button about one fourth.]

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