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Origin of silver

First recorded before 900; Middle English (noun and adjective) silver(e), selver(e), selfer, Old English siolfor (originally a noun); cognate with German Silber, Old Norse silfr, Gothic silubr, akin to Serbo-Croatian srèbro, Russian serebró, Lithuanian sidãbras

OTHER WORDS FROM silver

Other definitions for silver (2 of 2)

Silver
[ sil-ver ]
/ ˈsɪl vər /

noun
Ab·ba Hillel [ab-uh], /ˈæb ə/, 1893–1963, U.S. rabbi, born in Lithuania.
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How to use silver in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for silver

silver
/ (ˈsɪlvə) /

noun
adjective
well-articulatedsilver speech
(prenominal) denoting the 25th in a series, esp an annual seriesa silver wedding anniversary
verb

Derived forms of silver

silverer, nounsilvering, noun

Word Origin for silver

Old English siolfor; related to Old Norse silfr, Gothic silubr, Old High German silabar, Old Slavonic sirebro
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Scientific definitions for silver

silver
[ sĭlvər ]

Ag
A soft, shiny, white metallic element that is found in many ores, especially together with copper, lead, and zinc. It conducts heat and electricity better than any other metal. Silver is used in photography and in making electrical circuits and conductors. Atomic number 47; atomic weight 107.868; melting point 960.8°C; boiling point 2,212°C; specific gravity 10.50; valence 1, 2. See also sterling silver. See Periodic Table. See Note at element.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with silver

silver

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