from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A soft, yellow, corrosion-resistant element, the most malleable and ductile metal, occurring in veins and alluvial deposits and recovered by mining or by panning or sluicing. A good thermal and electrical conductor, gold is generally alloyed to increase its strength, and it is used as an international monetary standard, in jewelry, for decoration, and as a plated coating on a wide variety of electrical and mechanical components. 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 Table at element.
- n. Coinage made of this element.
- n. A gold standard.
- n. Money; riches.
- n. A light olive-brown to dark yellow, or a moderate, strong to vivid yellow.
- n. Something regarded as having great value or goodness: a heart of gold.
- n. A medal made of gold awarded to one placing first in a competition, as in the Olympics: won 9 golds in 13 events.
- n. A gold record.
- adj. Having the color of gold.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. In a finished state, ready for manufacturing.
- adv. of or referring to a gold version of something
- n. A heavy yellow elemental metal of great value, with atomic number 79 and symbol Au.
- n. A coin made of this material, or supposedly so.
- n. A bright yellow colour, resembling the metal gold.
- n. The bullseye of an archery target.
- n. A gold medal.
- n. Anything or anyone considered to be very valuable.
- adj. Made of gold.
- adj. Having the colour of gold.
- adj. Premium, superior.
- v. To pyrolyze or burn food until the color begins to change to a light brown, but not as dark as browning
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An old English name of some yellow flower, -- the marigold (Calendula), according to Dr. Prior, but in Chaucer perhaps the turnsole.
- n. A metallic element of atomic number 79, constituting the most precious metal used as a common commercial medium of exchange. It has a characteristic yellow color, is one of the heaviest substances known (specific gravity 19.32), is soft, and very malleable and ductile. It is quite unalterable by heat (melting point 1064.4° C), moisture, and most corrosive agents, and therefore well suited for its use in coin and jewelry. Symbol Au (Aurum). Atomic weight 196.97.
- n. Money; riches; wealth.
- n. A yellow color, like that of the metal.
- n. Figuratively, something precious or pure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Chemical symbol, Au; atomic weight, 196.7. A precious metal remarkable on account of its unique and beautiful yellow color, luster, high specific gravity, and freedom from liability to rust or tarnish when exposed to the air.
- n. Hence, figuratively Money; riches; wealth.
- n. Anything very valuable or highly prized; anything regarded as very precious, or as of pure or sterling quality.
- n. A bright-yellow color, like that of the metal gold; also, gilding: as, a flower edged with gold.
- n. In archery, the exact center of the target, so called because marked with gold, or of a gold color; hence, a shot that strikes the center: as, to secure a gold.
- n. [English dial. also goolds (ef. Sc. gool, gule, gules, the corn-marigold), ⟨ ME. gold, goold, guld, merely a particular use of gold, the metal. Cf. marigold.] The marigold, Calendula officinalis.
- n. Tho corn-marigold, Chrysanthemum segetum.
- n. The turnsol; heliotrope.
- n. A sulphid of tin, the aurum musivum of the ancients.
- Made of, consisting of, or like gold; golden; gilded: as, a gold chain; gold color.
- Thin plates of gilded metal, especially of yellow metal or brass gilded.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. made from or covered with gold
- n. a soft yellow malleable ductile (trivalent and univalent) metallic element; occurs mainly as nuggets in rocks and alluvial deposits; does not react with most chemicals but is attacked by chlorine and aqua regia
- n. a deep yellow color
- adj. having the deep slightly brownish color of gold
- n. great wealth
- n. coins made of gold
- n. something likened to the metal in brightness or preciousness or superiority etc.
Middle English, from Old English; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From gold master, a copy of the code certified as being ready for release. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, from Old English gold ("gold"), from Proto-Germanic *gulþan (“gold”). Compare Dutch goud, German Gold, Swedish guld), from Pre-Germanic *ǵʰl̥tóm (“gold”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰel- (“yellow; gleam; to shine”) (compare Latvian zelts, Russian золото (zóloto), Persian زر (zar), Sanskrit ... (hīraṇyam). More at yellow. (Wiktionary)