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n. pl. ges·soes
1. A preparation of plaster of Paris and glue used as a base for low relief or as a surface for painting.
2. A surface of gesso.

[Italian, from Latin gypsum, gypsum; see gypsum.]

ges′soed adj.
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1. (Art Terms) a white ground of plaster and size, used esp in the Middle Ages and Renaissance to prepare panels or canvas for painting or gilding
2. (Art Terms) any white substance, esp plaster of Paris, that forms a ground when mixed with water
[C16: from Italian: chalk, gypsum]
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(ˈdʒɛs oʊ)

n., pl. -soes.
gypsum or plaster of Paris prepared with glue for use as a surface for painting.
[1590–1600; < Italian < Latin gypsum gypsum]
ges′soed, adj.
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A mixture of plaster of Paris or gypsum and glue, used as a base for bas relief or to prepare a painting surface.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gesso - gypsum or plaster of Paris spread on a surface to make it suitable for painting or gilding (or a surface so prepared)
gypsum - a common white or colorless mineral (hydrated calcium sulphate) used to make cements and plasters (especially plaster of Paris)
plaster of Paris, plaster - any of several gypsum cements; a white powder (a form of calcium sulphate) that forms a paste when mixed with water and hardens into a solid; used in making molds and sculptures and casts for broken limbs
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References in classic literature ?
[*] "With chalk in hand," "col gesso." This is one of the bons mots of Alexander VI, and refers to the ease with which Charles VIII seized Italy, implying that it was only necessary for him to send his quartermasters to chalk up the billets for his soldiers to conquer the country.
Para execucao das analises tomograficas que visam ao maior detalhamento da distribuicao do diametro de poros do solo em tres dimensoes (3D), foram coletadas, nas mesmas trincheiras citadas anteriormente apos a avaliacao das raizes, amostras de solo com estrutura preservada em cilindros de acrilico (0,006 m diametro x 0,14 m altura), entre plantas e na linha de plantio logo abaixo da camada de gesso, nas profundidades de 0,20-0,34; 0,80-0,94 e 1,50-1,64 m em tres repeticoes.
A obtencao destas dimensoes do palato duro pode ser realizada pela medicao com compasso tridimensional ortodontico (Korkhaus) em modelos de gesso [15] ou na cavidade oral do paciente [16,17]; por meio de regua milimetrada18; mensuracao tridimensional digitalizada [19]; ou com paquimetro em modelos de gesso [4,13,14,20].
set of Regency 1810 Quartetto tables PS2,000/PS3,000, Louis XV1 style walnut Duchesse Brise, numerous mirrors including George I gilded Gesso mirror PS1,500/PS2,000, tobacco jars, iron and lead.
Her collection with titles Appropriated Tulips, Southbank, View from Greek Street, Turquoise Light, Lighting the Way I, Optical Tulips,Liquified Portraits, Anger, and a series on Moon Shadow has been completed with the mediums like Gesso and Graphite on Plywood, Liquid Light on Paper (monotype), Gouache, watercolor pencil, charcoal and Photo transfer on vasli,Pencil graphite collage and ink on paper, silver leaf on vasli and pigments.
Halos are typically painted with a gesso layer to adhere the gold leaf to the image being painted.
The topic for this month's meeting is "Get Creative With Gesso." For more information, call 302-0866.
Na profundidade de 15-30 cm, houve maior incremento no teor de [Ca.sup.2+] no solo, com a utilizacao de gesso agricola (T3), que diferiu significativamente dos demais tratamentos.
This George I example, within a moulded foliate decorated giltwood and gesso frame, made pounds 2,280 at Bonhams.
Give skin snowy tints by using eye kohl in Fascinating, eye shadows in Gesso and White Frost, and Pigment in Frost.
A aplicacao de gesso agricola em superficie e apontada como uma alternativa para a melhoria do ambiente radicular, nos primeiros anos de cultivo, epoca em que a acao do calcario, por ser pouco soluvel e apresentar baixa mobilidade no solo, ainda nao atingiu as camadas subsuperficiais (CAIRES et al., 2003).