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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.

Webster Dictionary

  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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