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Pronunciation: (gōld), [key]
1. 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.
2. a quantity of gold coins: to pay in gold.
3. a monetary standard based on this metal; gold standard.
4. money; wealth; riches.
5. something likened to this metal in brightness, preciousness, superiority, etc.: a heart of gold.
6. a bright, metallic yellow color, sometimes tending toward brown.
7. See gold medal.
8. (cap.) Mil.the code name for one of the five D-day invasion beaches, assaulted by British troops.

1. consisting of gold.
2. pertaining to gold.
3. like gold.
4. of the color of gold.
5. indicating the fiftieth event of a series, as a wedding anniversary. See table under wedding anniversary.
6. Music Slang.(of a recording or record album) having sold a minimum of 1 million single records or 500,000 LPs.


Pronunciation: (gōld, gôld), [key]


Pronunciation: (gōld), [key]
1. Herbert, born 1924, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
2. Thomas, 1920-2004, U.S. astronomer, born in Austria: formulated the steady-state theory of the universe.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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