Definitions

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.
  • 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.

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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  • The alchemists thought that to every thing, or at any rate to every class of things, there corresponds a more perfect form than that which we see and handle; they spoke of gold, and the _gold of the Sages_; mercury, and the _mercury of the Philosophers_; sulphur, and the

    The Story of Alchemy and the Beginnings of Chemistry

  • He cared now for only one thing: gold, _gold_, GOLD.

    A Hive of Busy Bees

  • I asked her how she knew I had gold, and she said that did not matter -- I had some "diutang-a-dacolds" (little dacolds), and she was willing to sell hens for ten "diutang-a-dacolds" _gold_, but not for media-pesetas.

    A Woman's Impression of the Philippines

  • III. þǣr hē hǣðen gold warað (_where he guards heathen gold_), 2278; pl.

    Beowulf

  • III. þær he hæðen gold warað (_where he guards heathen gold_), 2278; pl.

    Beowulf

  • Brazil, it is still affirmed in works treating of the commerce of the precious metals, that a quantity of gold equivalent to four millions of piastres (5800 kilogrammes of gold*) flows into Europe annually from

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • The tincture of gold known by the name of _Mademoiselle Grimaldi's potable gold_ enjoyed a wonderful reputation towards the close of the 18th century as an efficacious restorative and stimulant; and numerous instances of its all but miraculous powers were confidently adduced.

    Aphrodisiacs and Anti-aphrodisiacs: Three Essays on the Powers of Reproduction

  • It is stated by Sir J. Chardin, that the plate of the king of Persia is of pure gold, originally made by Shah Abbas, the most glorious of the princes of the Sefi royal family; who, for this purpose, melted seven thousand two hundred marks, or nearly thirty six thousand English troy ounces of _the purest gold_.

    Female Scripture Biographies, Volume I

  • I dwell on these particulars because, in confounding the different periods of the riches and poverty of the gold-washings of Brazil, it is still affirmed in works treating of the commerce of the precious metals, that a quantity of gold equivalent to four millions of piastres (5800 kilogrammes of gold*) flows into

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  • Yes.......panning for gold.....

    ....sometimes out of the swirling liquidity.....something
    shiny......and beautiful.......

    ......you hold it for a while.....then pass it on.......

    ....like this.

    --"toombaru"

    January 25, 2008

  • Au.

    December 16, 2007

  • that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and the glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ
    1 Peter 1:7

    October 25, 2007

  • All that is gold does not glitter.
    Not all those who wander are lost.
    The old that is strong does not wither,
    Deep roots are not touched by the frost.

    From the ashes a fire shall be woken.
    A light from the shadows shall spring.
    Remade will be blade that was broken,
    And the crownless again will be King.

    --J.R.R. Tolkien

    March 10, 2007