verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- silver age,
- silver bass,
- silver beet,
- silver bell,
- silver belly
Origin of silver
Examples from the Web for silver
Clad in a blue, striped button-down, a silver watch adorning his left wrist, Huckabee beams on the cover.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!|Olivia Nuzzi|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
These are dark times for network TV, but experiments like Galavant are the silver lining.
Her name was Courtney, and she was a fashion editor for magazines like Photoplay, Screenland, Silver Screen.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
No congratulations for those who were born with a silver spoon in their mouths and then blame the poor for being poor.
Brinsley stepped up to the passenger side of the patrol car, raised a silver Taurus semi-automatic pistol and began firing.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Last and most precious was the silver shilling, which she polished carefully with her chamois-skin pen-wiper before putting away.The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor|Annie Fellows Johnston
There were rumours that among the articles was a silver coal-scuttle, but it proved to be a sugar-bowl in that pattern.Tommy and Grizel|J.M. Barrie
And so showing her handfuls of Gold and Silver, he humbly intreated a Reconciliation betwixt 'em.The Notorious Impostor and Diego Redivivus|Elkanah Settle
The amount of silver it contains must be determined and recorded.A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.|Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer
No; he breaks this one treasure in two, that both the poor things may have a silver token of love and a pledge of his return.Love Me Little, Love Me Long|Charles Reade
- a very ductile malleable brilliant greyish-white element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal. It occurs free and in argentite and other ores: used in jewellery, tableware, coinage, electrical contacts, and in electroplating. Its compounds are used in photography. Symbol: Ag; atomic no: 47; atomic wt: 107.8682; valency: 1 or 2; relative density: 10.50; melting pt: 961.93°C; boiling pt: 2163°C
- (as modifier)a silver coin Related adjective: argent
- a brilliant or light greyish-white colour
- (as adjective)silver hair
Word Origin for silver
Old English seolfor, Mercian sylfur "silver; money," from Proto-Germanic *silubra- (cf. Old Saxon silvbar, Old Frisian selover, Old Norse silfr, Middle Dutch silver, Dutch zilver, Old High German silabar, German silber "silver; money," Gothic silubr "silver"), from a common Germanic/Balto-Slavic term (cf. Old Church Slavonic s(u)rebo, Russian serebro, Polish srebro, Lithuanian sidabras "silver") of uncertain relationship and origin. According to Klein's sources, possibly from a language of Asia Minor, perhaps from Akkadian sarpu "silver," literally "refined silver," related to sarapu "to refine, smelt."
As an adjective from late Old English (cf. silvern). As a color name from late 15c. Of voices, words, etc., from 1520s in reference to the metal's pleasing resonance; silver-tongued is from 1590s. The silver age (1560s) was a phrase used by Greek and Roman poets. Chemical abbreviation Ag is from Latin argentum "silver," from the usual PIE word for the metal (see argent), which is missing in Germanic.
"to cover or plate with silver," mid-15c., from silver (n.). Meaning "to tinge with gray" (of hair) is from c.1600. Related: Silvered; silvering.
n. Symbol Ag
In addition to the idiom beginning with silver
- silver lining
- born with a silver spoon
- cross someone's palm with silver
- hand to on a silver platter