Definition of "silver" []

  • A lustrous white, ductile, malleable metallic element, occurring both uncombined and in ores such as argentite, having the highest thermal and electrical conductivity of the metals. It is highly valued for jewelry, tableware, and other ornamental use and is widely used in coinage, photography, dental and soldering alloys, electrical contacts, and printed circuits. Atomic number 47; atomic weight 107.87; melting point 960.8°C; boiling point 2,212°C; specific gravity 10.50; valence 1, 2. See Table at element. (noun)
  • This metallic element as a commodity or medium of exchange. (noun)
  • Coins made of this metallic element. (noun)
  • A medal made of silver awarded to one placing second in a competition, as in the Olympics. (noun)
  • Domestic articles, such as tableware, made of or plated with silver. (noun)
  • 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 (noun)

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  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • Coin made of, or having the appearance of, this metal (noun)
  • Cutlery, whether made of silver or not (noun)
  • Any household articles made of silver (noun)
  • Any of a number of silver compounds used either as photosensitive substances in emulsions or as sensitizers (noun)
  • A brilliant or light greyish-white colour (noun)
  • (as adjective) (noun)
  • Well-articulated (adjective)
  • Denoting the 25th in a series, esp an annual series (adjective)
  • To coat with silver or a silvery substance (verb)
  • To become or cause to become silvery in colour (verb)
  • To become or cause to become elderly (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "silver" in a sentence
  • "To help remember that the order of the bells is silver, gold, brass and iron, the old Mnemonics advises us to invent a story -- the following will answer: A couple of lovers once took a sleigh-ride, the horses carrying _silver_ bells."
  • ""Roll on, silver moon," at which I suggested to the party there should be a big premium, just now, on "_silver_ moons.""
  • "Why "silver sound"? why "music with her _silver_ sound"? what say you, Simon _Catling_?"