Touchstone

Touch"stone`

(?), n. 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.
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2. Fig.: Any test or criterion by which the qualities of a thing are tried. Hooker.
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The foregoing doctrine affords us also a touchstone for the trial of spirits.
South.
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Irish touchstone (Min.), basalt, the stone which composes the Giant's Causeway.
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