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.
something likened to this metal in brightness, preciousness, superiority, etc.: a heart of gold.
a bright, metallic yellow color, sometimes tending toward brown.
Gold, 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.
Idioms about gold
(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.
- non·gold, noun, adjective
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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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How to use gold in a sentence
True neutralizing-antibody assays, which are the gold standard, use a live SARS-CoV-2 virus, which means they have to be conducted in a specialized lab with heightened safety and security protocols.Scientists to Wall Street: You don’t really understand how COVID vaccine tests work | Jeremy Kahn | August 24, 2020 | Fortune
In an Olympic event, an official’s mistake could send the wrong player or team home with the gold medal.A robot referee can really keep its ‘eye’ on the ball | Kathryn Hulick | August 20, 2020 | Science News For Students
That said, fleeing into “safe haven” assets like gold or treasuries may be premature.Here’s what could happen to stock markets if the Trump-Biden election results are contested | Anne Sraders | August 18, 2020 | Fortune
“The gold spigot hasn’t launched yet,” Sawtelle said of TikTok.‘There is a battle going on’: TikTok-Instagram rivalry for creators heating up | Tim Peterson | August 3, 2020 | Digiday
To ensure that the X chromosome was as accurate as possible, the researchers combined nanopore sequencing with results from a further two gold-standard sequencing technologies and approaches for mapping the genome.For the First Time, Scientists Fully Sequenced the Human X Chromosome | Edd Gent | July 20, 2020 | Singularity Hub
In straight relationships with an age gap, words like ‘gold-digger’ and ‘trophy wife’ get thrown around.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic | Samantha Allen | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
And more than anything, I wanted a souvenir for my father, so I rolled him back, and he had gold teeth.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
He headed west in 1860 for health reasons and to join the gold rush in Colorado.
As far as finally being acknowledged herself with that elusive Academy gold, well, Moore says she would not take it for granted.
While panning for gold, he made himself a large hat from the hides he had collected on his trip.
When she arrived she made a regular entry into the city in a coach all gold and glass, drawn by eight superb plumed horses.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
On his head was the second-hand hat of some parvenu's coachman, gold lace, cockade and all.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
A leather swordbelt, gold-embroidered at the edges, carried a long steel-halted rapier in a leather scabbard chaped with steel.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
M was a Miser, and hoarded up gold; N was a Nobleman, gallant and bold.
He accuses the latter of various illegal and crafty acts, among them sending contraband gold and jewels to Mexico.
British Dictionary definitions for gold (1 of 2)
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°C: Related 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
British Dictionary definitions for Gold (2 of 2)
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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Scientific definitions for gold
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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