noun quar·ta·tion \kwȯrˈtāshən\

Definition of quartation



  1. :  the alloying with silver of a button rich in gold in order to reduce the gold to such a proportion that the acid used in parting may act as desired

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Origin and Etymology of quartation

quart- + -ation

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to cast off or become cast off

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