- 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 adjective(s): auric
- (as modifier): a gold mine
- a coin or coins made of this metal
- money; wealth
- 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
- short for gold medal
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Chemistry[uncountable] a precious yellow metal element that is easy to shape and does not corrode easily.
- a quantity of gold coins:[uncountable]to pay in gold.
- [uncountable] jewelry or other valuable items made of gold.
- something considered to be like gold esp. in high value:[uncountable]She has a heart of gold.
- [uncountable] a bright yellow color.
- gold medal:[countable]The team won several golds.
adj. [before a noun]
- made of, relating to, or like gold.
- of the color of gold.
- Music, Music and Dance(of a recording or record album) having sold at least one million single records or 500,000 long-playing albums.
- a precious yellow metallic element, highly malleable and ductile, and not subject to oxidation or corrosion. Symbol: Au;
at. wt.: 196.967;
at. no.: 79;
sp. gr.: 19.3 at 20°C.
- a quantity of gold coins:to pay in gold.
- a monetary standard based on this metal;
- something likened to this metal in brightness, preciousness, superiority, etc.:a heart of gold.
- a bright, metallic yellow color, sometimes tending toward brown.
- See gold medal.
- Military, Government(cap.) the code name for one of the five D-day invasion beaches, assaulted by British troops.
- consisting of gold.
- pertaining to gold.
- like gold.
- of the color of gold.
- indicating the fiftieth event of a series, as a wedding anniversary. See table under wedding anniversary.
- Music, Music and Dance(of a record, CD, or cassette) having sold a minimum of 500,000 copies.
- bef. 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with German Gold, Gothic gulth
Gold (gōld, gôld),USA pronunciation n.
Gold (gōld),USA pronunciation n.
- BiographicalHerbert, born 1924, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
- BiographicalThomas, born 1920, U.S. astronomer, born in Austria: formulated the steady-state theory of the universe.
- 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