Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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God-fearing adjective Having a reverential and loving feeling towards God; religious.

A brave god-fearing man.
Tennyson.

Godfather noun [ Anglo-Saxon godfæder . Confer Gossip .] A man who becomes sponsor for a child at baptism, and makes himself a surety for its Christian training and instruction.

There shall be for every Male-child to be baptized, when they can be had, two Godfathers and one Godmother; and for every Female, one Godfather and two Godmothers; and Parents shall be admitted as Sponsors, if it is desired.
Book of Common Prayer (Prot. Episc. Ch., U. S. ).

Godfather transitive verb To act as godfather to; to take under one's fostering care. [ R.] Burke.

Godhead noun [ Middle English godhed . See -head , and confer Godhood .]
1. Godship; deity; divinity; divine nature or essence; godhood.

2. The Deity; God; the Supreme Being.

The imperial throne
Of Godhead , fixed for ever.
Milton.

3. A god or goddess; a divinity. [ Obsolete]

Adoring first the genius of the place,
The nymphs and native godheads yet unknown.
Dryden.

Godhood noun [ God + - hood . Confer Godhead .] Divine nature or essence; deity; godhead.

Godild A corruption of God yield , i. e., God reward or bless. Shak.

Godless adjective Having, or acknowledging, no God; without reverence for God; impious; wicked. -- God"less*ly , adverb -- God"less*ness , noun

Godlike adjective [ God + like. Confer Godly .] Resembling or befitting a god or God; divine; hence, preeminently good; as, godlike virtue. -- God"like`ness , noun

Godlily adverb Righteously. H. Wharton.

Godliness noun [ From Godly .] Careful observance of, or conformity to, the laws of God; the state or quality of being godly; piety.

Godliness is profitable unto all things.
1 Tim. iv. 8.

Godling noun A diminutive god. Dryden.

Godly adjective [ God , noun + -ly . Confer Godlike , Like .] Pious; reverencing God, and his character and laws; obedient to the commands of God from love for, and reverence of, his character; conformed to God's law; devout; righteous; as, a godly life.

For godly sorrow worketh repentance.
2 Cor. vii. 10.

Godly adverb Piously; devoutly; righteously.

All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
2. Tim. iii. 12.

Godlyhead noun [ Confer Goodlyhead .] Goodness. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Godmother noun [ Anglo-Saxon godm...dor .] A woman who becomes sponsor for a child in baptism. See Godfather

Godown noun [ Corruption of Malay gādong warehouse.] A warehouse. [ East Indies]

Godroon noun [ French godron a round plait, godroon.] (Architecture) An ornament produced by notching or carving a rounded molding.

Godsend noun Something sent by God; an unexpected acquisiton or piece of good fortune.

Godship noun [ God , noun + - ship .] The rank or character of a god; deity; divinity; a god or goddess.

O'er hills and dales their godships came.
Prior.

Godsib noun A gossip. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Godson noun [ Anglo-Saxon godsunu .] A male for whom one has stood sponsor in baptism. See Godfather .

Godspeed noun Success; prosperous journeying; -- a contraction of the phrase, " God speed you." [ Written also as two separate words.]

Receive him not into house, neither bid him God speed .
2 John 10.

Godward adverb Toward God. 2 Cor. iii. 4.

Godwit noun [ Prob. from Anglo-Saxon g...d good + wiht creature, wight.] (Zoology) One of several species of long-billed, wading birds of the genus Limosa , and family Tringidæ . The European black- tailed godwit ( Limosa limosa ), the American marbled godwit ( Latin fedoa ), the Hudsonian godwit ( Latin hæmastica ), and others, are valued as game birds. Called also godwin .

Goel (gō"ĕl) adjective [ Confer Yellow . √49.] Yellow. [ Obsolete] Tusser.

Goëland noun [ French goëland .] (Zoology) A white tropical tern ( Cygis candida ).

Goëmin noun [ French goëmon seaweed.] A complex mixture of several substances extracted from Irish moss.

Goen past participle of Go. [ Obsolete]

Goer noun [ From Go.] One who, or that which, goes; a runner or walker ; as: (a) A foot. [ Obsolete] Chapman. (b) A horse, considered in reference to his gait; as, a good goer ; a safe goer .

This antechamber has been filled with comers and goers .
Macaulay.

Goety noun [ Greek ... witchcraft, from ... to bewitch, ... sorcerer: confer French goétie .] Invocation of evil spirits; witchcraft. [ Obsolete] Hallywell.

Goff noun [ Confer French goffe ill- made, awkward, Italian goffo , Spanish gofo , Prov. German goff a blockhead, Greek ... stupid.] A silly clown. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

Goff noun A game. See Golf . [ Scot.] Halliwell.

Goffer transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Goffered ; present participle & verbal noun Goffering .] [ See Gauffer .] To plait, flute, or crimp. See Gauffer . Clarke.

Gog noun [ Confer agog , French gogue sprightliness, also W. gogi to agitate, shake.] Haste; ardent desire to go. [ Obsolete] Beau. & Fl.

Goggle intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Goggled ; present participle & verbal noun Goggling .] [ Confer Ir. & Gael. gog a nod, slight motion.] To roll the eyes; to stare.

And wink and goggle like an owl.
Hudibras.

Goggle adjective Full and rolling, or staring; -- said of the eyes.

The long, sallow vissage, the goggle eyes.
Sir W. Scott.

Goggle noun [ See Goggle , intransitive verb ]


1. A strained or affected rolling of the eye.

2. plural (a) A kind of spectacles with short, projecting eye tubes, in the front end of which are fixed plain glasses for protecting the eyes from cold, dust, etc. (b) Colored glasses for relief from intense light. (c) A disk with a small aperture, to direct the sight forward, and cure squinting. (d) Any screen or cover for the eyes, with or without a slit for seeing through.

Goggle-eye noun (Zoology) (a) One of two or more species of American fresh-water fishes of the family Centrarchidæ , esp. Chænobryttus antistius , of Lake Michigan and adjacent waters, and Ambloplites rupestris , of the Great Lakes and Mississippi Valley; -- so called from their prominent eyes. (b) The goggler.

Goggle-eyed adjective Having prominent and distorted or rolling eyes. Ascham.

Goggled adjective Prominent; staring, as the eye.

Goggler noun (Zoology) A carangoid oceanic fish ( Trachurops crumenophthalmus ), having very large and prominent eyes; -- called also goggle- eye , big-eyed scad , and cicharra .

Goglet noun [ Portuguese gorgoleta .] See Gurglet .

Going noun
1. The act of moving in any manner; traveling; as, the going is bad.

2. Departure. Milton.

3. Pregnancy; gestation; childbearing. Crew.

4. plural Course of life; behavior; doings; ways.

His eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings .
Job xxxiv. 21.

Going barrel . (Horology) (a) A barrel containing the mainspring, and having teeth on its periphery to drive the train. (b) A device for maintaining a force to drive the train while the timepiece is being wound up. -- Going forth . (Script.) (a) Outlet; way of exit. "Every going forth of the sanctuary." Ezek. xliv. 5. (b) A limit; a border. "The going forth thereof shall be from the south to Kadesh-barnea." Num. xxxiv. 4. -- Going out , or Goings out . (Script.) (a) The utmost extremity or limit. "The border shall go down to Jordan, and the goings out of it shall be at the salt sea." Num. xxxiv. 12. (b) Departure or journeying. "And Moses wrote their goings out according to their journeys." Num. xxxiii. 2. -- Goings on , behavior; actions; conduct; -- usually in a bad sense.

Going present participle of Go . Specif.: (a) That goes; in existence; available for present use or enjoyment; current; obtainable; also, moving; working; in operation; departing; as, he is of the brightest men going ; going prices or rate. (b) Carrying on its ordinary business; conducting business, or carried on, with an indefinite prospect of continuance; -- chiefly used in the phrases a going business , concern , etc. (c) Of or pert. to a going business or concern; as, the going value of a company.

Goiter, Goitre noun [ French goître , Latin guttur throat, confer tumidum guttur goiter, gutturosus goitered. See Guttural .] (Medicine) An enlargement of the thyroid gland, on the anterior part of the neck; bronchocele. It is frequently associated with cretinism, and is most common in mountainous regions, especially in certain parts of Switzerland.

Goitered, Goitred adjective Affected with goiter.

Goitrous adjective [ French goîtreux , Latin gutturosus . See Goiter .] Pertaining to the goiter; affected with the goiter; of the nature of goiter or bronchocele.

Let me not be understood as insinuating that the inhabitants in general are either goitrous or idiots.
W. Coxe.

Gold (gōld), Golde Goolde (gōld) noun (Botany) An old English name of some yellow flower, -- the marigold ( Calendula ), according to Dr. Prior, but in Chaucer perhaps the turnsole.

Gold (gōld) noun [ Anglo-Saxon gold ; akin to Dutch goud , Old Saxon & German gold , Icelandic gull , Swedish & Danish guld , Goth. gulþ , Russian & OSlav. zlato ; probably akin to English yellow . √49, 234. See Yellow , and confer Gild , transitive verb ]


1. (Chemistry) A metallic element, 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, moisture, and most corrosive agents, and therefore well suited for its use in coin and jewelry. Symbol Au ( Aurum ). Atomic weight 196.7.

» 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.

2. Money; riches; wealth.

For me, the gold of France did not seduce.
Shak.

3. A yellow color, like that of the metal; as, a flower tipped with gold .

4. Figuratively, something precious or pure; as, hearts of gold . Shak.

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 (Zoology) , any small gold-colored beetle of the family Chrysomelidæ ; -- 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 , noun , 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. [ Obsolete & Low] Swift. -- Gold flower , a composite plant with dry and persistent yellow radiating involucral scales, the Helichrysum Stœchas 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 knoppes (Botany) , 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. Confer 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 or Golden , pheasant . (Zoology) See under Pheasant . -- Gold plate , a general name for vessels, dishes, cups, spoons, etc., made of gold. -- Gold of pleasure . [ Name perhaps translated from Spanish oro-de-alegria .] (Botany) A plant of the genus Camelina , bearing yellow flowers. C. sativa is sometimes cultivated for the oil of its seeds. -- Gold shell . (a) A composition of powdered gold or gold leaf, ground up with gum water and spread on shells, for artists' use; -- called also gold paint . (b) (Zoology) A bivalve shell ( Anomia glabra ) of the Atlantic coast; -- called also jingle shell and silver shell . See Anomia . -- Gold size , a composition used in applying gold leaf. -- Gold solder , a kind of solder, often containing twelve parts of gold, two of silver, and four of copper. -- Gold stick , the colonel of a regiment of English lifeguards, who attends his sovereign on state occasions; -- so called from the gilt rod presented to him by the sovereign when he receives his commission as colonel of the regiment. [ Eng.] -- Gold thread . (a) A thread formed by twisting flatted gold over a thread of silk, with a wheel and iron bobbins; spun gold. Ure. (b) (Botany) A small evergreen plant ( Coptis trifolia ), so called from its fibrous yellow roots. It is common in marshy places in the United States. -- Gold tissue , a tissue fabric interwoven with gold thread. -- Gold tooling , the fixing of gold leaf by a hot tool upon book covers, or the ornamental impression so made. -- Gold washings , places where gold found in gravel is separated from lighter material by washing. -- Gold worm , a glowworm. [ Obsolete] -- Jeweler's gold , an alloy containing three parts of gold to one of copper. -- Mosaic gold . See under Mosaic .

Gold-beaten adjective Gilded. [ Obsolete]