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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 sil•ver /ˈsɪlvɚ/
USA pronunciation n.
Chemistry a white metallic element, used for making mirrors, coins, photographic chemicals, and conductors. [ uncountable ]
Currency coins made of this metal; money: a handful of silver. [ uncountable; used with a singular verb ]
Currency this metal used or thought of as a standard for the value of currency. [ uncountable ]
table articles, such as knives, forks, and spoons, made of or plated with silver. [ uncountable; used with a singular verb ]
a bright, grayish white or whitish gray color. [ uncountable ]
a silver medal: He brought home two silvers from the Olympics. [ countable ] adj.
made of or plated with silver. [before a noun ]
of or relating to silver.
producing or yielding silver: a silver mine.
of the color silver; silvery: silver hair.
elegant and persuasive: a silver tongue (= the ability to speak gracefully and convincingly). indicating the twenty-fifth event of a series, such as a wedding anniversary. [before a noun ] WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020 sil•ver
′vər), USA pronunciation n.
Chemistrya white, ductile metallic element, used for making mirrors, coins, ornaments, table utensils, photographic chemicals, conductors, etc. Symbol: Ag; at. wt.: 107.870; at. no.: 47; sp. gr.: 10.5 at 20°C.
Currencycoin made of this metal; specie; money: a handful of silver.
Currencythis 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.
Photographyany of the silver halides used for photographic purposes, as silver bromide, silver chloride, or silver iodide.
See silver medal. adj.
consisting of, made of, or plated with silver.
of or pertaining 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. See table under wedding anniversary.
having the color silver: a silver dress. v.t.
to coat with silver or some silverlike substance.
to give a silvery color to. v.i.
to become a silvery color.
sil ′ver•er, n.
sil ′ver•ish, adj.
sil ′ver•less, adj.
sil ′ver•like′, adj. sil ′ver•ness, n.
bef. 900; (noun, nominal and adjective, adjectival) Middle English silver( e), selver( e), selfer, Old English siolfor (origin, originally noun, nominal); cognate with German Silber, Old Norse silfr, Gothic silubr, akin to Serbo-Croatian srèbro, Russian serebró, Lithuanian sidãbras; (verb, verbal) late Middle English silveren, derivative of the noun, nominal Sil•ver
(sil ′vər), USA pronunciation n.
(sil 1893–1963, U.S. rabbi, born in Lithuania. ′vər), USA pronunciation
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
silver / ˈsɪlvə/ n 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
argent coin made of, or having the appearance of, this metal cutlery, whether made of silver or not any household articles made of silver a brilliant or light greyish-white colour (: as adjective) silver hair short for silver medal adj well-articulated: silver speech ( prenominal) denoting the 25th in a series, esp an annual series: a silver wedding anniversary vb ( transitive) to coat with silver or a silvery substance: to silver a spoon to become or cause to become silvery in colour Etymology: Old English siolfor; related to Old Norse silfr, Gothic silubr, Old High German silabar, Old Slavonic sirebro ˈsilvering n
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