Touchstone

[As You Like It] Touchstone is a fictional character in Shakespeare`s play As You Like It. Touchstone is a natural fool in the court of Duke Frederick. Throughout the play he comments on the other characters and thus, contributes to a better understanding of the play. Touchstone falls in love with a dull-witted goat girl named Audrey. Willi
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Touchstone

archaic or obsolete terms > Stones & Minerals: Lydian stone; basanite; so called because it is used to test the purity of gold and silver by the streak which is left upon the stone when it is rubbed by the metal. see basanite. Any test or criterion by which the qualities of a thing are tried.
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Touchstone

A touchstone is a device for roughly ascertaining the purity of gold alloys. It consists of a smooth strip of hard black stone, on which a corner of the alloy is rubbed so as to leave a streak, which is then moistened with an acid composed of 78.4 per cent nitric acid, 1.6 per cent hydrochloric acid and 20 per cent water. By comparing the effect wi
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Touchstone

Touch'stone` noun 1. (Min.) Lydian stone; basanite; -- so called because used to test the purity of gold and silver by the streak which is left upon the stone when it is rubbed by the metal. See Basanite . 2. Fig.: Any test or criterion by which the qualities of a thing are
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touchstone

1. <chemical> Lydian stone; basanite; so called because used to test the purity of gold and silver by the streak which is left upon the stone when it is rubbed by the metal. See Basanite. ... 2. Any test or criterion by which the qualities of a thing are tried. 'The foregoing doctrine affords us also a touchstone for the trial of spirits. ...
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Touchstone

• (n.) Any test or criterion by which the qualities of a thing are tried. • (n.) Lydian stone; basanite; -- so called because used to test the purity of gold and silver by the streak which is left upon the stone when it is rubbed by the metal. See Basanite.
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Touchstone

(from the article `As You Like It`) ...with his faithful old servant Adam. Soon Rosalind is banished too, merely for being the daughter of the out-of-favour Duke Senior. She flees to ...
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touchstone

black siliceous stone used to ascertain the purity of gold and silver. Assaying by `touch` was one of the earliest methods employed to assess the ...
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Touchstone

[assaying tool] A touchstone is a small tablet of dark stone such as fieldstone, slate, or lydite, used for assaying precious metal alloys. It has a finely grained surface on which soft metals leave a visible trace. ==History== The touchstone was used in ancient Greece. Its role in the introduction of monetary economy was explored by scienc
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Touchstone

A black jasper or flinty slate (later replaced by Wedgwoods black Jasperware pottery) used for testing gold and silver by rubbing the metal on the stone and comparing the streak with that made by needles of known fineness. The method was inaccurate and was replaced by a chemical method of assaying c.1840 which in turn was replaced by the Gay-Lussa
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Touchstone

Touchstone is a clown in As You Like It. He is described as shooting his wit under the guise of folly, and accompanies Celia and Rosalind on their adventures in the Forest of Arden.
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Touchstone

A touchstone is a device for roughly ascertaining the purity of gold alloys. It consists of a smooth strip of hard black stone, on which a corner of the alloy is rubbed so as to leave a streak, which is then moistened with an acid composed of 78.4% nitric acid, 1.6% hydrochloric acid and 20% water. By comparing the effect with that produced on stre
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Touchstone

Touchstone, also known as Indian Stone, is a hard, black variety of quartz. Touchstone is traditionally used for making a rough approximation of the fineness of gold, the gold being rubbed across the touchstone leaves a streak which is then moistened with a mixture pf nitric acid and hydrochloric acid. A comparison of the effects of the mixture on
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Touchstone

[horse] He was a brown colt, foaled in 1831, by Camel, his dam was the good broodmare, Banter, by Master Henry. Touchstone was a full brother to the St. Leger Stakes winner, Launcelot (br c 1837). Touchstone was a frail foal with badly turned hocks that caused him to travel wide when moving. He measured 15 hands 2 inches and had strong hind
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Touchstone

[band] Touchstone is a rock band from the UK. The original band was formed by Rob Cottingham in 2001, after the release of his solo album `Behind the Orchard Tree` - recorded at Linford Manor Studios in Milton Keynes (Jamiroqaui, Feeder, Skunk Ananse). Adam Hodgson joined in 2003. Other more recent band members include bassist Paul Moorghen
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Touchstone

[metaphor] As a metaphor, a touchstone refers to any physical or intellectual measure by which the validity or merit of a concept can be tested. It is similar in use to an acid test, litmus test in politics, and a shibboleth. ==Touchstone in literature== An example in literature is the character of Touchstone in Shakespeare`s As You Like It
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Touchstone

[for assaying] Photo of Martin Chambers - Drummer Of "The Pretenders". Photo By Sam Cali. This photo was taken outside of the Tower Theatre - Upper Darby, PA - Spring Of 1984 Taken with a Canon A-1 Camera / 35mm film. ...
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Touchstone

[album] Touchstone is an album by Chick Corea, released in 1982 through Stretch Records. The album peaked at number nine on Billboard{`s} Jazz Albums chart. ==Track listing== ...
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