Chemistry. a white, ductile metallic element, used for making mirrors, coins, ornaments, table utensils, photographic chemicals, conductors, etc. Symbol: Ag; atomic weight: 107.870; atomic number: 47; specific gravity: 10.5 at 20°C.
coin made of this metal; specie; money: a handful of silver.
this metal as a commodity or considered as a currency standard.
table articles made of or plated with silver, including flatware and hollowware.
any flatware: The kitchen silver is of stainless steel.
something resembling this metal in color, luster, etc.
a lustrous grayish white or whitish gray, or the color of the metal: the silver of the leaves.
consisting of, made of, or plated with silver.
of or relating to silver.
producing or yielding silver.
resembling silver; silvery: the silver moon.
clear and soft: silver sounds.
eloquent; persuasive: a silver tongue.
urging the use of silver as a currency standard: silver economists.
indicating the twenty-fifth event of a series, as a wedding anniversary.
having the color silver: a silver dress.
to coat with silver or some silverlike substance.
to give a silvery color to.
to become a silvery color.
- sil·ver·er, noun
- sil·ver·ish, adjective
- sil·ver·less, adjective
- sil·ver·like, adjective
- sil·ver·ness, noun
- non·sil·ver, noun, adjective
- re·sil·ver, verb (used with object)
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How to use silver in a sentence
The coronavirus pandemic has been an all-around nightmare, but there are a few silver linings.Uber Wants to Go All-Electric by 2030. It Won’t Be Easy | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | September 10, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Just as gold has long been considered a “safe haven” for investors wary of tumultuous macroeconomic conditions, silver has similarly emerged as an option for those uncertain about what the future may hold for equities and other riskier bets.Investors are pouring record amounts into Wall Street’s new favorite ‘safe haven’ | reymashayekhi | September 1, 2020 | Fortune
To neuroscientists, the most intriguing development shown Friday may have been what Musk called “the link,” a silver-dollar-sized disk containing computer chips, which compresses and then wirelessly transmits signals recorded from the electrodes.
Cheaper popcorn could help nudge willing customers back to the silver screen.Are these big discounts enough to get you back into a movie theater? | dzanemorris | August 20, 2020 | Fortune
Precious metals are found in your phone and computer, and each year $21 billion worth of gold and silver are used to manufacture new electronic devices.We’re Using Microbes to Clean Up Toxic Electronic Waste. Here’s How | Sebastien Farnaud | August 20, 2020 | Singularity Hub
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Gold and silver make the feet stand sure: but wise counsel is above them both.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
At once cover the mouth of the tube with a filter-paper cap moistened with saturated aqueous solution of silver nitrate (1:1).A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
When used by gentlemen it was common to carry a silver basin to spit in.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
But his servant runs after the man, and gets two talents of silver and some garments under false pretences.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
The order of the bells is first “silver,” second “golden,” third “brazen,” and fourth “iron.”Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
British Dictionary definitions for silver
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
coin made of, or having the appearance of, this metal
cutlery, whether made of silver or not
any household articles made of silver
photog any of a number of silver compounds used either as photosensitive substances in emulsions or as sensitizers
a brilliant or light greyish-white colour
(as adjective): silver hair
short for silver medal
well-articulated: silver speech
(prenominal) denoting the 25th in a series, esp an annual series: a silver wedding anniversary
(tr) to coat with silver or a silvery substance: to silver a spoon
to become or cause to become silvery in colour
to become or cause to become elderly
- silverer, noun
- silvering, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for silver
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
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
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