paste wash

noun

Definition of paste wash 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a very thin paste that is applied to the reverse side of leather to shrink and strengthen it, put on the backbone lining of a book to facilitate its removal before rebinding, and sponged on the surface of porous leather to improve the gold tooling

paste-wash

transitive verb

Definition of paste-wash (Entry 2 of 2)

: to apply paste wash to

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Noun

paste entry 1 + wash

Transitive verb

paste wash

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