What is gold?

  • (noun): Great wealth.
    Example: "Whilst that for which all virtue now is sold, and almost every vice--almighty gold"--Ben Jonson
    See also — Additional definitions below


Gold is a dense, soft, shiny, malleable and ductile metal. It is a chemical element with the symbol Au and atomic number 79.

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Gold Coast - Sports
... Gold Coast Blaze, Australian basketball team Gold Coast Blue Tongues, Australian ice hockey team Gold Coast Breakers, Australian rugby union club Gold Coast ...
Gold Coast - Literature
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Gold Coast - Present-day Geography - Australia
... Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia Gold Coast City, local government area spanning the Gold Coast and surrounding areas Gold Coast Parklands Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens ...

More definitions of "gold":

  • (noun): A deep yellow color.
    Example: "He admired the gold of her hair"
    Synonyms: amber
  • (noun): 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.
    Synonyms: Au, atomic number 79
  • (adj): Having the deep slightly brownish color of gold.
    Example: "A gold carpet"
    Synonyms: aureate, gilded, gilt, golden
  • (noun): Coins made of gold.
  • (adj): Made from or covered with gold.
    Example: "Gold coins"; "the gold dome of the Capitol"
    Synonyms: golden, gilded
  • (noun): Something likened to the metal in brightness or preciousness or superiority etc..
    Example: "The child was as good as gold"; "she has a heart of gold"

Famous quotes containing the word gold:

    Don different from those regal Dons!
    With hearts of gold and lungs of bronze,
    Who shout and bang and roar and brawl
    The Absolute across the hall,
    Hilaire Belloc (1870–1953)

    Common experience is the gold reserve which confers an exchange value on the currency which words are; without this reserve of shared experiences, all our pronouncements are cheques drawn on insufficient funds.
    René Daumal (1908–1944)

    1st Murderer. Where’s thy conscience now?...
    2nd Murderer. I’ll not meddle with it. It makes a man a coward.... It fills a man full of obstacles. It made me once restore a purse of gold that by chance I found. It beggars any man that keeps it. It is turned out of towns and cities for a dangerous thing, and every man that means to live well endeavors to trust to himself and live without it.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)