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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.
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.
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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.
Origin of gold
First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with German Gold, Gothic gulth
OTHER WORDS FROM goldnon·gold, noun, adjective
Other definitions for gold (2 of 3)
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Other definitions for gold (3 of 3)
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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
Her mother had been a famous writer in the 1930s after the publication of her first novel, David Golder.Jack Kerouac’s ‘The Sea Is My Brother’ and Other Lost Novels|Sarah Stodola|March 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Miss Golder took from a cabinet several handsomely printed pamphlets extolling the skill and success of Dr. Loeb.
Imagine my surprise when I saw Miss Golder step off nervously and hurry up the main street.
He had begun life as a small jerry-builder at Golder's Green, and had ended it a millionaire and a knight.Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo|William Le Queux
Professor Golder is one of the few American historians who is perfectly at home with the Russian language.
Quickly Craig ran his eye over the mass of papers on Miss Golder's desk.
British Dictionary definitions for gold (1 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
British Dictionary definitions for gold (2 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
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Scientific definitions for 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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