from The Century Dictionary.

  • To turn into or become gold.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • verb to transform into gold.
  • verb to turn golden.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb rare To turn into gold

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  • verb turn golden
  • verb transform into gold


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  • To transform something into gold.

    October 9, 2007

  • Notice the chemical symbol for Gold is Au.

    October 10, 2007

  • Hey, good eye, I was wondering what the etymological connection was. I'm still confused about why they used such an odd chemical symbol for it, but there are quite a few elements that do that.

    October 10, 2007

  • When Barry Goldwater was running against Lyndon Johnson, there were bumper stickers proclaiming "I'm for AU H20." I had to look that one up.

    October 10, 2007

  • An Olympic figure skater once had "GO4AU" as a license plate number. I think it was Debbie Thomas.

    I believe the "aur" part comes from the original Latin for "gold," aurum.

    October 10, 2007

  • Haha, those are awesome! And yet, tragically dorky. ;-)

    October 10, 2007

  • As uselessness said elsewhere today, busted.

    Tragically dorky is a great phrase, though.

    October 10, 2007

  • Pb = lead - plumbum

    Ag = silver - argentum

    Na = sodium - natrium

    Hg = mercury - hydrargyrum

    K = potassium - kalium

    Sb = antimony - stibium

    W = tungsten - wolfram (German)

    October 10, 2007

  • Oh, it's Latin. That makes sense. Thanks for posting those! Turns out plumbum (lead) is the root word for plumbing, a reference to traditional waterworks being made of that metal. Funny, that's been cited as one of the contributing factors toward the fall of Rome, as it led to brain disorders that may have compounded over several generations. Yet the word has made its mark on even modern language.

    October 10, 2007

  • And mercury is what drove hatters mad.

    October 10, 2007

  • To Do: alchemy list.

    October 11, 2007

  • JM wishes to aurify the entire contents of his residence - but can't find the instructions.

    December 28, 2010