Brass and Gold

Brass

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc; the proportions of zinc and copper can be varied to create a range of brasses with varying properties.

brass n 1: an alloy of copper and zinc 2: a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece 3: the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something; "he claims that the present administration is corrupt"; "the governance of an association is responsible to its members"; "he quickly became recognized as a member of the establishment" [syn: {administration}, {governance}, {governing body}, {establishment}, {organization}, {organisation}] 4: impudent aggressiveness; "I couldn't believe her boldness"; "he had the effrontery to question my honesty" [syn: {boldness}, {nerve}, {face}, {cheek}] 5: an ornament or utensil made of brass 6: the section of a band or orchestra that plays brass instruments [syn: {brass section}] 7: a memorial made of brass [syn: {memorial tablet}, {plaque}]

365 Moby Thesaurus words for "brass": ADC, CO, Establishment, German band, OD, Philharmonic, VIP, aide, aide-de-camp, alpenhorn, alphorn, althorn, alto horn, arch, aristocracy, aureate, ballad horn, band, baritone, baron, barons, barrow, bass horn, big band, big gun, big man, big name, bigwig, blunt, board, board of directors, board of regents, board of trustees, boodle, boundary stone, brashness, brass band, brass choir, brass hat, brass quintet, brass section, brass wind, brass-wind instrument, brasses, brassy, brazen, brazen boldness, bread, brigadier, brigadier general, bronze, bronzy, bucks, bugle, bugle horn, bust, cabbage, cabinet, cadre, cairn, callithumpian band, captain, celebrity, cenotaph, chamber orchestra, cheek, chicken colonel, chief of staff, chips, chutzpah, clarion, colonel, column, combo, commandant, commander, commander in chief, commanding officer, commissioned officer, company officer, concert band, confidence, copper, coppery, cornet, cornet-a-pistons, corno di caccia, cornopean, council, cream, cromlech, cross, crust, cup, cupreous, cuprous, cyclolith, desks, dignitary, dignity, dinero, directorate, directory, dixieland band, do-re-mi, dolmen, double-bell euphonium, dough, effrontery, elder, elite, ensemble, establishment, euphonium, exec, executive arm, executive committee, executive hierarchy, executive officer, face, father, ferrous, ferruginous, field marshal, field officer, figure, first lieutenant, five-star general, footstone, four-star general, gall, gamelan orchestra, gelt, general, general officer, generalissimo, gilt, gold, gold-filled, gold-plated, golden, governing board, governing body, grave, gravestone, grease, great man, green, green stuff, group, headstone, helicon, heroics, hoarstone, horn, hubris, hunting horn, important person, improvidence, imprudence, impudence, indiscretion, infrastructure, injudiciousness, inscription, insolence, interests, interlocking directorate, iron, ironlike, jack, jazz band, jemadar, jug band, junior officer, kale, key trumpet, lead, leaden, lieutenant, lieutenant colonel, lieutenant general, lion, lituus, lords of creation, lur, magnate, major, major general, man of mark, management, marechal, marker, marshal, mausoleum, mazuma, megalith, mellophone, memento, memorial, memorial arch, memorial column, memorial statue, memorial stone, menhir, mercurial, mercurous, military band, mogul, monolith, monument, moolah, mopus, mound, nabob, name, necrology, nerve, nickel, nickelic, nickeline, nobility, notability, notable, obelisk, obituary, officer, oil of palms, ointment, one-star general, oof, ooftish, ophicleide, orchestra, orchestral horn, orderly officer, overboldness, overcarelessness, overconfidence, overlapping, oversureness, overweeningness, panjandrum, person of renown, personage, personality, pewter, pewtery, pillar, pillar of society, plaque, pocket trumpet, post horn, power, power elite, power structure, presumption, prize, pyramid, quartet, quicksilver, quintet, ragtime band, rashness, reliquary, remembrance, rhino, ribbon, risaldar, rock-and-roll group, rocks, rostral column, rudeness, ruling circle, ruling circles, ruling class, sachem, sackbut, saxhorn, saxtuba, senior officer, serpent, sextet, shaft, shavetail, shekels, shrine, silver, silver-plated, silvery, simoleons, sirdar, skiffle band, slide trombone, sliphorn, somebody, something, sousaphone, spondulics, staff officer, steel, steel band, steely, steering committee, stela, stone, street band, string band, string choir, string orchestra, string quartet, strings, stupa, subahdar, subaltern, sublieutenant, sugar, swing band, symphony, symphony orchestra, tablet, temerariousness, temerity, tenor tuba, testimonial, the Old Man, the administration, the best, the best people, the brass, the executive, the great, the needful, the people upstairs, the top, three-star general, tin, tinny, tomb, tombstone, top brass, top people, tope, trio, tromba, trombone, trophy, trumpet, tuba, two-star general, tycoon, unchariness, unwariness, upper class, upper crust, valve trombone, valve trumpet, very important person, waits, wampum, woodwind, woodwind choir, woodwind quartet, woodwinds, worthy

Brass \Brass\, n.; pl. {Brasses}. [OE. bras, bres, AS. br[ae]s; akin to Icel. bras cement, solder, brasa to harden by fire, and to E. braze, brazen. Cf. 1st & 2d {Braze}.] 1. An alloy (usually yellow) of copper and zinc, in variable proportion, but often containing two parts of copper to one part of zinc. It sometimes contains tin, and rarely other metals. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mach.) A journal bearing, so called because frequently made of brass. A brass is often lined with a softer metal, when the latter is generally called a white metal lining. See {Axle box}, {Journal Box}, and {Bearing}. [1913 Webster] 3. Coin made of copper, brass, or bronze. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, nor scrip for your journey. --Matt. x. 9. [1913 Webster] 4. Impudence; a brazen face. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] 5. pl. Utensils, ornaments, or other articles of brass. [1913 Webster] The very scullion who cleans the brasses. --Hopkinson. [1913 Webster] 6. A brass plate engraved with a figure or device. Specifically, one used as a memorial to the dead, and generally having the portrait, coat of arms, etc. [1913 Webster] 7. pl. (Mining) Lumps of pyrites or sulphuret of iron, the color of which is near to that of brass. [1913 Webster] Note: The word brass as used in Sculpture language is a translation for copper or some kind of bronze. [1913 Webster] Note: Brass is often used adjectively or in self-explaining compounds; as, brass button, brass kettle, brass founder, brass foundry or brassfoundry. [1913 Webster] {Brass band} (Mus.), a band of musicians who play upon wind instruments made of brass, as trumpets, cornets, etc. {Brass foil}, {Brass leaf}, brass made into very thin sheets; -- called also {Dutch gold}. [1913 Webster]

Brass which is an alloy of copper and zinc, was not known till the thirteenth century. What is designated by this word in Scripture is properly copper (Deut. 8:9). It was used for fetters (Judg. 16:21; 2 Kings 25:7), for pieces of armour (1 Sam. 17:5, 6), for musical instruments (1 Chr. 15:19; 1 Cor. 13:1), and for money (Matt. 10:9). It is a symbol of insensibility and obstinacy in sin (Isa. 48:4; Jer. 6:28; Ezek. 22:18), and of strength (Ps. 107:16; Micah 4:13). The Macedonian empire is described as a kingdom of brass (Dan. 2:39). The "mountains of brass" Zechariah (6:1) speaks of have been supposed to represent the immutable decrees of God. The serpent of brass was made by Moses at the command of God (Num. 21:4-9), and elevated on a pole, so that it might be seen by all the people when wounded by the bite of the serpents that were sent to them as a punishment for their murmurings against God and against Moses. It was afterwards carried by the Jews into Canaan, and preserved by them till the time of Hezekiah, who caused it to be at length destroyed because it began to be viewed by the people with superstitious reverence (2 Kings 18:4). (See {NEHUSHTAN}.) The brazen serpent is alluded to by our Lord in John 3:14, 15. (See {SERPENT}.)

Gold

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

gold adj 1: made from or covered with gold; "gold coins"; "the gold dome of the Capitol"; "the golden calf"; "gilded icons" [syn: {golden}, {gilded}] 2: having the deep slightly brownish color of gold; "long aureate (or golden) hair"; "a gold carpet" [syn: {aureate}, {gilded}, {gilt}, {golden}] n 1: coins made of gold 2: a deep yellow color; "an amber light illuminated the room"; "he admired the gold of her hair" [syn: {amber}] 3: 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 [syn: {Au}, {atomic number 79}] 4: great wealth; "Whilst that for which all virtue now is sold, and almost every vice--almighty gold"--Ben Jonson 5: something likened to the metal in brightness or preciousness or superiority etc.; "the child was as good as gold"; "she has a heart of gold"

214 Moby Thesaurus words for "gold": affluence, aluminum, americium, and pence, assets, aureate, aureateness, auric, bar, barium, beige, beryllium, bismuth, bottomless purse, brass, brassy, brazen, bronze, bronzy, buff, buff-yellow, bulging purse, bullion, cadmium, calcium, canary, canary-yellow, cash, cerium, cesium, chrome, chromium, circulating medium, citron, citron-yellow, cobalt, coin gold, coin silver, coinage, coined liberty, cold cash, copper, coppery, cream, creamy, cupreous, cuprous, currency, dollars, dysprosium, easy circumstances, ecru, embarras de richesses, emergency money, erbium, europium, fallow, fallowness, ferrous, ferruginous, filthy lucre, flaxen, fortune, fractional currency, gadolinium, gallium, germanium, gilded, gilt, gold nugget, gold-colored, gold-filled, gold-plated, golden, handsome fortune, hard cash, hard currency, high income, high tax bracket, holmium, independence, indium, ingot, iridium, iron, ironlike, lanthanum, lead, leaden, legal tender, lemon, lemon-yellow, lithium, lucre, luteolous, lutescent, lutetium, luxuriousness, magnesia, magnesium, mammon, managed currency, manganese, material wealth, medium of exchange, mercurial, mercurous, mercury, mintage, molybdenum, money, money to burn, moneybags, necessity money, neodymium, nickel, nickelic, nickeline, niobium, nugget, ocherish, ocherous, ochery, ochreous, ochroid, ochrous, ochry, opulence, opulency, or, osmium, palladium, pelf, pewter, pewtery, phosphorus, platinum, polonium, possessions, postage currency, postal currency, potassium, pounds, praseodymium, precious metals, primrose, primrose-colored, primrose-yellow, promethium, property, prosperity, prosperousness, protactinium, quicksilver, radium, rhenium, riches, richness, rubidium, ruthenium, saffron, saffron-colored, saffron-yellow, sallow, samarium, sand-colored, sandy, scandium, scrip, shillings, silver, silver-plated, silvery, six-figure income, sodium, soft currency, specie, steel, steely, sterling, straw, straw-colored, strontium, substance, tantalum, technetium, terbium, thallium, the almighty dollar, the wherewith, the wherewithal, thulium, tin, tinny, titanium, treasure, tungsten, upper bracket, uranium, vanadium, wealth, wealthiness, wolfram, xanthic, xanthous, yellow, yellow stuff, yellowish, yellowishness, yellowness, ytterbium, yttrium, zinc, zirconium

Aluminium \Al`u*min"i*um\ ([a^]l`[-u]*m[i^]n"[i^]*[u^]m), n. [L. alumen. See {Alum}.] (Chem.) same as {aluminum}, chiefly British in usage. [1913 Webster] {Aluminium bronze} or {gold}, a pale gold-colored alloy of aluminium and copper, used for journal bearings, etc. [1913 Webster]

Watch \Watch\ (w[o^]ch), n. [OE. wacche, AS. w[ae]cce, fr. wacian to wake; akin to D. wacht, waak, G. wacht, wache. [root]134. See {Wake}, v. i. ] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of watching; forbearance of sleep; vigil; wakeful, vigilant, or constantly observant attention; close observation; guard; preservative or preventive vigilance; formerly, a watching or guarding by night. [1913 Webster] Shepherds keeping watch by night. --Milton. [1913 Webster] All the long night their mournful watch they keep. --Addison. [1913 Webster] Note: Watch was formerly distinguished from ward, the former signifying a watching or guarding by night, and the latter a watching, guarding, or protecting by day Hence, they were not unfrequently used together, especially in the phrase to keep watch and ward, to denote continuous and uninterrupted vigilance or protection, or both watching and guarding. This distinction is now rarely recognized, watch being used to signify a watching or guarding both by night and by day, and ward, which is now rarely used, having simply the meaning of guard, or protection, without reference to time. [1913 Webster] Still, when she slept, he kept both watch and ward. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] Ward, guard, or custodia, is chiefly applied to the daytime, in order to apprehend rioters, and robbers on the highway . . . Watch, is properly applicable to the night only, . . . and it begins when ward ends, and ends when that begins. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster] 2. One who watches, or those who watch; a watchman, or a body of watchmen; a sentry; a guard. [1913 Webster] Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch; go your way, make it as sure as ye can. --Matt. xxvii. 65. [1913 Webster] 3. The post or office of a watchman; also, the place where a watchman is posted, or where a guard is kept. [1913 Webster] He upbraids Iago, that he made him Brave me upon the watch. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. The period of the night during which a person does duty as a sentinel, or guard; the time from the placing of a sentinel till his relief; hence, a division of the night. [1913 Webster] I did stand my watch upon the hill. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Might we but hear . . . Or whistle from the lodge, or village cock Count the night watches to his feathery dames. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 5. A small timepiece, or chronometer, to be carried about the person, the machinery of which is moved by a spring. [1913 Webster] Note: Watches are often distinguished by the kind of escapement used, as an {anchor watch}, a {lever watch}, a {chronometer watch}, etc. (see the Note under {Escapement}, n., 3); also, by the kind of case, as a {gold} or {silver watch}, an {open-faced watch}, a {hunting watch}, or {hunter}, etc. [1913 Webster] 6. (Naut.) (a) An allotted portion of time, usually four hour for standing watch, or being on deck ready for duty. Cf. {Dogwatch}. (b) That part, usually one half, of the officers and crew, who together attend to the working of a vessel for an allotted time, usually four hours. The watches are designated as the {port watch}, and the {starboard watch}. [1913 Webster] {Anchor watch} (Naut.), a detail of one or more men who keep watch on deck when a vessel is at anchor. {To be on the watch}, to be looking steadily for some event. {Watch and ward} (Law), the charge or care of certain officers to keep a watch by night and a guard by day in towns, cities, and other districts, for the preservation of the public peace. --Wharton. --Burrill. {Watch and watch} (Naut.), the regular alternation in being on watch and off watch of the two watches into which a ship's crew is commonly divided. {Watch barrel}, the brass box in a watch, containing the mainspring. {Watch bell} (Naut.), a bell struck when the half-hour glass is run out, or at the end of each half hour. --Craig. {Watch bill} (Naut.), a list of the officers and crew of a ship as divided into watches, with their stations. --Totten. {Watch case}, the case, or outside covering, of a watch; also, a case for holding a watch, or in which it is kept. {Watch chain}. Same as {watch guard}, below. {Watch clock}, a watchman's clock; see under {Watchman}. {Watch fire}, a fire lighted at night, as a signal, or for the use of a watch or guard. {Watch glass}. (a) A concavo-convex glass for covering the face, or dial, of a watch; -- also called {watch crystal}. (b) (Naut.) A half-hour glass used to measure the time of a watch on deck. {Watch guard}, a chain or cord by which a watch is attached to the person. {Watch gun} (Naut.), a gun sometimes fired on shipboard at 8 p. m., when the night watch begins. {Watch light}, a low-burning lamp used by watchers at night; formerly, a candle having a rush wick. {Watch night}, The last night of the year; -- so called by the Methodists, Moravians, and others, who observe it by holding religious meetings lasting until after midnight. {Watch paper}, an old-fashioned ornament for the inside of a watch case, made of paper cut in some fanciful design, as a vase with flowers, etc. {Watch tackle} (Naut.), a small, handy purchase, consisting of a tailed double block, and a single block with a hook. [1913 Webster]

Gold \Gold\ (g[=o]ld), Golde \Golde\, Goolde \Goolde\ (g[=oo]ld), n. (Bot.) An old English name of some yellow flower, -- the marigold ({Calendula}), according to Dr. Prior, but in Chaucer perhaps the turnsole. [1913 Webster]

Gold \Gold\ (g[=o]ld), n. [AS. gold; akin to D. goud, OS. & G. gold, Icel. gull, Sw. & Dan. guld, Goth. gul[thorn], Russ. & OSlav. zlato; prob. akin to E. yellow. [root]49, 234. See {Yellow}, and cf. {Gild}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Chem.) 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[deg] C), moisture, and most corrosive agents, and therefore well suited for its use in coin and jewelry. Symbol Au ({Aurum}). Atomic weight 196.97. [1913 Webster] Note: Native gold contains usually eight to ten per cent of silver, but often much more. As the amount of silver increases, the color becomes whiter and the specific gravity lower. Gold is very widely disseminated, as in the sands of many rivers, but in very small quantity. It usually occurs in quartz veins (gold quartz), in slate and metamorphic rocks, or in sand and alluvial soil, resulting from the disintegration of such rocks. It also occurs associated with other metallic substances, as in auriferous pyrites, and is combined with tellurium in the minerals petzite, calaverite, sylvanite, etc. Pure gold is too soft for ordinary use, and is hardened by alloying with silver and copper, the latter giving a characteristic reddish tinge. [See {Carat}.] Gold also finds use in gold foil, in the pigment purple of Cassius, and in the chloride, which is used as a toning agent in photography. [1913 Webster] 2. Money; riches; wealth. [1913 Webster] For me, the gold of France did not seduce. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. A yellow color, like that of the metal; as, a flower tipped with gold. [1913 Webster] 4. Figuratively, something precious or pure; as, hearts of gold. --Shak. [1913 Webster] {Age of gold}. See {Golden age}, under {Golden}. {Dutch gold}, {Fool's gold}, {Gold dust}, etc. See under {Dutch}, {Dust}, etc. {Gold amalgam}, a mineral, found in Columbia and California, composed of gold and mercury. {Gold beater}, one whose occupation is to beat gold into gold leaf. {Gold beater's skin}, the prepared outside membrane of the large intestine of the ox, used for separating the leaves of metal during the process of gold-beating. {Gold beetle} (Zo["o]l.), any small gold-colored beetle of the family {Chrysomelid[ae]}; -- called also {golden beetle}. {Gold blocking}, printing with gold leaf, as upon a book cover, by means of an engraved block. --Knight. {Gold cloth}. See {Cloth of gold}, under {Cloth}. {Gold Coast}, a part of the coast of Guinea, in West Africa. {Gold cradle}. (Mining) See {Cradle}, n., 7. {Gold diggings}, the places, or region, where gold is found by digging in sand and gravel from which it is separated by washing. {Gold end}, a fragment of broken gold or jewelry. {Gold-end man}. (a) A buyer of old gold or jewelry. (b) A goldsmith's apprentice. (c) An itinerant jeweler. ``I know him not: he looks like a gold-end man.'' --B. Jonson. {Gold fever}, a popular mania for gold hunting. {Gold field}, a region in which are deposits of gold. {Gold finder}. (a) One who finds gold. (b) One who empties privies. [Obs. & Low] --Swift. {Gold flower}, a composite plant with dry and persistent yellow radiating involucral scales, the {Helichrysum St[oe]chas} of Southern Europe. There are many South African species of the same genus. {Gold foil}, thin sheets of gold, as used by dentists and others. See {Gold leaf}. {Gold knobs} or {Gold knoppes} (Bot.), buttercups. {Gold lace}, a kind of lace, made of gold thread. {Gold latten}, a thin plate of gold or gilded metal. {Gold leaf}, gold beaten into a film of extreme thinness, and used for gilding, etc. It is much thinner than gold foil. {Gold lode} (Mining), a gold vein. {Gold mine}, a place where gold is obtained by mining operations, as distinguished from diggings, where it is extracted by washing. Cf. {Gold diggings} (above). {Gold nugget}, a lump of gold as found in gold mining or digging; -- called also a {pepito}. {Gold paint}. See {Gold shell}. {Gold pheasant}, or {Golden pheasant}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Pheasant}. {Gold plate}, a general name for vessels, dishes, cups, spoons, etc., made of gold. {Mosaic gold}. See under {Mosaic}. [1913 Webster]

gold Symbol: Au Atomic number: 79 Atomic weight: 196.96655 Gold is gold colored. It is the most malleable and ductile metal known. There is only one stable isotope of gold, and five radioisotopes of gold, Au-195 being the most stable with a half-life of 186 days. Gold is used as a monetary standard, in jewelry, dentistry, electronics. Au-198 is used in treating cancer and some other medical conditions. Gold has been known to exist as far back as 2600 BC. Gold comes from the Anglo-Saxon word gold. Its symbol, Au, comes from the Latin word aurum, which means gold. Gold is not particularly toxic, however it is known to cause damage to the liver and kidneys in some.

Gold (1.) Heb. zahab, so called from its yellow colour (Ex. 25:11; 1 Chr. 28:18; 2 Chr. 3:5). (2.) Heb. segor, from its compactness, or as being enclosed or treasured up; thus precious or "fine gold" (1 Kings 6:20; 7:49). (3.) Heb. paz, native or pure gold (Job 28:17; Ps. 19:10; 21:3, etc.). (4.) Heb. betzer, "ore of gold or silver" as dug out of the mine (Job 36:19, where it means simply riches). (5.) Heb. kethem, i.e., something concealed or separated (Job 28:16,19; Ps. 45:9; Prov. 25:12). Rendered "golden wedge" in Isa. 13:12. (6.) Heb. haruts, i.e., dug out; poetic for gold (Prov. 8:10; 16:16; Zech. 9:3). Gold was known from the earliest times (Gen. 2:11). It was principally used for ornaments (Gen. 24:22). It was very abundant (1 Chr. 22:14; Nah. 2:9; Dan. 3:1). Many tons of it were used in connection with the temple (2 Chr. 1:15). It was found in Arabia, Sheba, and Ophir (1 Kings 9:28; 10:1; Job 28:16), but not in Palestine. In Dan. 2:38, the Babylonian Empire is spoken of as a "head of gold" because of its great riches; and Babylon was called by Isaiah (14:4) the "golden city" (R.V. marg., "exactress," adopting the reading _marhebah_, instead of the usual word _madhebah_).

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  • brass: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • brass: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • brass: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
  • gold: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • gold: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • gold: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • gold: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • gold: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • gold: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • gold: Elements database 20001107
  • gold: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

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