(redirected from Placido)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


1. A glacial or alluvial deposit of sand or gravel containing eroded particles of valuable minerals.
2. A place where a placer deposit is washed to extract its mineral content.

[Spanish, shoal, placer, from Catalan placer, shoal, from plassa, place, from Medieval Latin placea; see place.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(Mining & Quarrying)
a. surface sediment containing particles of gold or some other valuable mineral
b. (in combination): placer-mining.
[C19: from American Spanish: deposit, from Spanish plaza place]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˈplæs ər)

1. a natural concentration of heavy metal particles, as gold or platinum, in sand or gravel deposited by rivers or glaciers.
2. the site of a form of mining (plac′er min`ing) in which a placer deposit is washed to separate the gold or other valuable minerals.
[1835–45, Amer.; < American Spanish; Sp: sandbank < Catalan placel, derivative of plaza open place; see plaza]


(ˈpleɪ sər)

1. a person who places or arranges things.
2. one of the winners of a race or other contest.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.


A deposit of minerals, such as gold or magnetite, left by a river. The minerals are usually concentrated in one area because they are relatively heavy and therefore settle out of the river's currents more quickly than lighter sediments such as silt and sand. When mineral prospectors pan for gold, they look for placer deposits.
The American Heritage® Student Science Dictionary, Second Edition. Copyright © 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.placer - an alluvial deposit that contains particles of some valuable mineralplacer - an alluvial deposit that contains particles of some valuable mineral
alluvial deposit, alluvial sediment, alluvium, alluvion - clay or silt or gravel carried by rushing streams and deposited where the stream slows down
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Then, next year, he heads to New York to work as part of the Improbable Theatre team designing the Metropolitan Opera 125th Gala starring Placido Domingo.
Between juggling his role as general director of both the Los Angeles Opera and the Washington National Opera, starring in more than 124 different roles, and conducting operas throughout the world, PLACIDO DOMINGO has to move very quickly indeed.
Today it will be performed by Placido Domingo and the artist formerly known as H from Steps.
The man, called Placedo or Placido Carvalho, was held, according to the lawyer acting for the mother of dead teenager Scarlett Keeling.
Placido Domingo, a Spanish opera singer, is to release a book entitled The Joy of Opera.
And in a deal that will add another restaurant to the trio of eateries (Placido Domingo's Pampano, The Pump and Ashton's Cafe) already in the building, Reins International, represented by Sun-Pop, has leased 5,000 s/f on the second floor atrium for Gyukaku, a internationally popular Japanese/Korean steakhouse scheduled to open this summer.
Fun fact: An opera buff, she once had a small role in an opera with tenor Placido Domingo.
Nearby, the vibrant Mexican Pacific Port city of Acapulco is home to one of the most spectacular bays in the world, making it a favorite stop over the decades for celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Placido Domingo and Julio Iglesias.
Best of all, you'll experience an incredible performance of Tchaikovsky's Pikovaya Dama (The Queen of Spades) at Teatro Real, conducted by maestro Jose Luis de Ios Cobos and sung by Placido Domingo.
Most immediately, in August, he is to choreograph three Puccini songs for an evening in honor of tenor Placido Domingo.
of Danbury, Conn., purchased the house from Placido and Lourdes Martinez.
Placido Domingo; Sissel; Marcello Viotti, OrChestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.