gold

[ gohld ]
/ goʊld /

noun

adjective

Idioms

    go gold,
    1. (of an audio recording) to attain sales of 500,000 copies or more.
    2. (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

Definition for gold (2 of 3)

Gold

1
[ gohld, gawld ]
/ goʊld, gɔld /

noun

Definition for gold (3 of 3)

Gold

2
[ gohld ]
/ goʊld /

noun

Herbert,born 1924, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
Thomas,1920–2004, U.S. astronomer, born in Austria: formulated the steady-state theory of the universe.
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British Dictionary definitions for gold (1 of 2)

gold

/ (ɡəʊld) /

noun

Word Origin for gold

Old English gold; related to Old Norse gull, Gothic gulth, Old High German gold

British Dictionary definitions for gold (2 of 2)

Gold

/ (ɡəʊld) /

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for gold

gold


n.

Old English gold, from Proto-Germanic *gulth- (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German gold, German Gold, Middle Dutch gout, Dutch goud, Old Norse gull, Danish guld, Gothic gulþ), from PIE root *ghel- "yellow, green," possibly ultimately "bright" (cf. Old Church Slavonic zlato, Russian zoloto, Sanskrit hiranyam, Old Persian daraniya-, Avestan zaranya- "gold;" see Chloe).

As an adjective from c.1200. In reference to the color of the metal, it is recorded from c.1400. Gold rush is attested from 1859, originally in an Australian context. Gold medal as first prize in a contest is from 1908.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for gold

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 gold

gold

[ gōld ]

Au

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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