noun, plural mer·cu·ries.
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Example sentences from the Web for mercury
It was also a comfortable jacket for ski transitions on days when the mercury dipped to the low thirties.
When the mercury drops, Frank Vallas, beverage manager at Dallas-based Tacos and Tequila, brews this mix of hot tea and tequila.4 Hot Cocktail Recipes to Save Your Winter Social Life|AC Shilton|December 17, 2020|Outside Online
With coronavirus cases spiking and the mercury dropping, sparking a run on backyard heating devices, I knew Bryner could tell me what will happen when the fuel for those heaters is burned.Covid-19 sparked a run on outdoor heaters and fire pits. Which is better for the planet?|Sarah Kaplan|December 11, 2020|Washington Post
Turns out they’re also a prime source of toxic mercury, scientists reported on November 16 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Researchers found signs of human pollution in animals living six miles beneath the sea|Kate Baggaley|November 19, 2020|Popular Science
When someone on Earth goes from standing to lying down, that pressure rises from around 0 millimeters of mercury to about 15 mmHg.Surviving Mars missions will take planning and lots of innovation|Maria Temming|October 22, 2020|Science News For Students
According to Wynd, “Freddie Mercury once said he wanted to lead a Victorian life surrounded by exquisite clutter.”Dodo Bones and Kylie’s Poo: Inside London’s Strangest New Museum|Liza Foreman|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was demoted at the Mercury News, and left the paper in 1997.Jeremy Renner Opens Up About Marriage, His Problems with the Media, and the Future of Hawk-Eye|Marlow Stern|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, Shi described one unwelcome encounter with Zhang.Yahoo’s Accused Sexual Harasser Asked Women to Wear More Skirts at Work|Olivia Nuzzi|July 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That means most of these planets orbit closer than Mercury does to the Sun.
Caroline Sweeney, the police reporter for the Pottstown Mercury, updates the page at least once a week.Pinterest’s Most Wanted: The Cops Now Want Pinners’ Data, Too|Abby Haglage|March 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These have canted bay windows below them, and their pediments are surmounted by figures representing Mercury and Athæne.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
But the day he planned to start was very cold—the mercury stood twenty-seven below zero.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
Bang went the fragile bulb, as it splintered into a thousand atoms, and the mercury shot in sparkling globules over the table.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
If it be true that Venus does not turn upon its axis, such is likely to be the case also with the planet Mercury.
Next beyond Mercury is Venus, a sphere only a little less in diameter than the earth.
British Dictionary definitions for mercury (1 of 3)
noun plural -ries
Word Origin for mercury
British Dictionary definitions for mercury (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for mercury (3 of 3)
Medical definitions for mercury
n. Symbol Hg
Scientific definitions for mercury (1 of 2)
Like a few other elements, mercury has a chemical symbol, Hg, that bears no resemblance to its name. This is because Hg is an abbreviation of the Latin name of the element, which was hydrargium. This word in turn was taken over from Greek, where it literally meant water-silver. With this name the Greeks were referring to the fact that mercury is a silvery liquid at room temperature, rather than a solid like other metals. Similarly, an older English name for this element is quicksilver, which means living silver, referring to its ability to move like a living thing. (The word quick used to mean alive, as in the Biblical phrase the quick and the dead.) The name mercury refers to the fact that the element flows about quickly: the name comes from the Roman god Mercury, who was the swift-footed messenger of the gods.
Scientific definitions for mercury (2 of 2)
Cultural definitions for mercury (1 of 3)
In chemistry, a heavy, silvery metallic element, a liquid at normal temperatures. Mercury expands or contracts rapidly in response to changes in temperature and therefore was once widely used in thermometers.
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Cultural definitions for mercury (2 of 3)
In astronomy, the planet closest to the sun, named after the fleet-footed messenger of the Roman gods (see under “Mythology and Folklore”) because of its swift movement in its orbit. Mercury takes only eighty-eight days to go around the sun. (See solar system.)
Cultural definitions for mercury (3 of 3)
The Roman name of Hermes, the messenger of the Greek and Roman gods.