One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A membrane used to separate leaves of gold during beating.
- ‘Upon making this observation, which at once surprised me, I wished to give a trial to materials of the least possible density, and, accordingly, caused to be constructed a cylinder of gold-beater's skin, inflated with air, and having the central aperture formed of pasteboard.’
- ‘Barlow's logograph consists of a small speaking-trumpet, having an ordinary mouth-piece connected to a tube, the other end of which is widened out and covered with a thin membrane of gold-beater's skin or gutta-percha.’
- ‘A piece of steel spring was attached to a stretched membrane of gold-beater's skin and placed in front of the pole of the magnet.’
- ‘The phonautograph used by Bell was a large cone, closed at the small end by a membrane of gold-beater's skin.’
- ‘Though this technique was sufficient in many cases, a stronger bond was achieved with other adhesives in combination with the gold-beater's skin.’
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