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
That year, among the many Double Golds promiscuously handed out to various bourbons, one went to Old Grand Dad.
The Jamaican Bobsled team is back, having already won about twenty-three golds in Kickstarting.The Olympics Are Already Two Days Old. This Is Your Test. | Kevin Bleyer | February 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Iridescent colors came in combinations of deep reds, purples, golds, and greens.
We searched the autumn meadow of golds and greens, high and low, wide and deep on the edges of the city.
Here and there an oak stood, fully green, among the tawny reds and golds of a flaming woodland.Marriage la mode | Mrs. Humphry Ward
Peacock feather devices—blues and golds—extremely new and original.The Life of James McNeill Whistler | Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Faint golds, faint greens, a quiet landscape, with low hills falling peacefully on a low stretch of valley.The Story of Perugia | Margaret Symonds
The surface color of the peacock is a marvelous blending of purples, greens, golds, and bronzes of various hues.Our Domestic Birds | John H. Robinson
The blacks and whites and reds and golds were all there, unchanged, not a breath of the ambiguous discipline upon them.The Nest, The White Pagoda, The Suicide, A Forsaken Temple, Miss Jones and The Masterpiece | Anne Douglas Sedgwick
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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