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1quicksilver

noun quick·sil·ver \-ˌsil-vər\

Definition of QUICKSILVER

:  mercury 2a
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First Known Use of QUICKSILVER

before 12th century

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

2quicksilver

adjective

: changing quickly and often

Full Definition of QUICKSILVER

:  resembling or suggestive of quicksilver; especially :  mercurial 3

First Known Use of QUICKSILVER

1655
QUICKSILVER Defined for Kids

quicksilver

noun quick·sil·ver \ˈkwik-ˌsil-vər\

Definition of QUICKSILVER for Kids

:  mercury 1

Word History of QUICKSILVER

The metal mercury has a color like silver. Most metals are solid but mercury is liquid at ordinary temperatures. It moves and flows and acts almost as if it were alive. The word quick once meant alive or moving. This is why mercury was given the name quicksilver.
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quicksilver

noun quick·sil·ver \-ˌsil-vər\

Medical Definition of QUICKSILVER

:  mercury 1

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