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a precious yellow metallic element, highly malleable and ductile, and not subject to oxidation or corrosion. Symbol: Au; atomic weight: 196.967; atomic number: 79; specific gravity: 19.3 at 20°C.
a quantity of gold coins: to pay in gold.
a monetary standard based on this metal; gold standard.
money; wealth; riches.
something likened to this metal in brightness, preciousness, superiority, etc.: a heart of gold.
a bright, metallic yellow color, sometimes tending toward brown.
(initial capital letter) Military. the code name for one of the five D-day invasion beaches, assaulted by British troops.
consisting of gold.
pertaining to gold.
of the color of gold.
indicating the fiftieth event of a series, as a wedding anniversary.
(of an audio recording) having sold a minimum of 500,000 copies.
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- (of an audio recording) to attain sales of 500,000 copies or more.
- (of a video game) to complete the development cycle from production through quality assurance testing and enter the sales and shipping cycle: The game went gold in November and was on store shelves for the holiday season.
Origin of gold
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with German Gold, Gothic gulth
Related formsnon·gold, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for go gold (1 of 2)
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Thomas. 1920–2004, Austrian-born astronomer, working in England and the US: with Bondi and Hoyle he proposed the steady-state theory of the universe
British Dictionary definitions for go gold (2 of 2)
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- a dense inert bright yellow element that is the most malleable and ductile metal, occurring in rocks and alluvial deposits: used as a monetary standard and in jewellery, dentistry, and plating. The radioisotope gold-198 (radiogold), with a half-life of 2.69 days, is used in radiotherapy. Symbol: Au; atomic no: 79; atomic wt: 196.96654; valency: 1 or 3; relative density: 19.3; melting pt: 1064.43°C; boiling pt: 2857°CRelated adjectives: aurous, auric
- (as modifier)a gold mine
a coin or coins made of this metal
something precious, beautiful, etc, such as a noble nature (esp in the phrase heart of gold)
- a deep yellow colour, sometimes with a brownish tinge
- (as adjective)a gold carpet
archery the bull's eye of a target, scoring nine points
short for gold medal
Word Origin for gold
Old English gold; related to Old Norse gull, Gothic gulth, Old High German gold
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Medicine definitions for go gold
[ gōld ]
n. Symbol Au
A soft yellow element that resists corrosion and is the most malleable and ductile metal, used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and intravenously in liver imaging. Atomic number 79.
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Science definitions for go gold
[ gōld ]
A soft, shiny, yellow element that is the most malleable of all the metals. It occurs in veins and in alluvial deposits. Because it is very durable, resistant to corrosion, and a good conductor of heat and electricity, gold is used as a plated coating on electrical and mechanical components. It is also an international monetary standard and is used in jewelry and for decoration. Atomic number 79; atomic weight 196.967; melting point 1,063.0°C; boiling point 2,966.0°C; specific gravity 19.32; valence 1, 3. See Periodic Table. See Note at element.
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