verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of silver
Related Words for silverwhite, bright, silvery, sterling, pearly, pale, argent, plated, silvered, lustrous, resplendent
Examples from the Web for silver
Contemporary Examples of 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!
January 8, 2015
These are dark times for network TV, but experiments like Galavant are the silver lining.‘Galavant’: A Drunken, Horny Musical Fairy Tale
January 5, 2015
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
January 3, 2015
No congratulations for those who were born with a silver spoon in their mouths and then blame the poor for being poor.Jesus Wasn’t Born Rich. Think About It.
December 25, 2014
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
December 22, 2014
Historical Examples of silver
The walls are hung with blue Florentine silk, embossed in silver.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The writer further says the metal was made from silver coins.The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens
The walls were done in white with a faint blue and silver stripe.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
"He shall have four silver candlesticks," said the seneschal moodily.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
To save her cap she had taken it off, and early streaks of silver showed in her hair.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- 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