quick·​sil·​ver | \ ˈkwik-ˌsil-vər How to pronounce quicksilver (audio) \

Definition of quicksilver

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Definition of quicksilver (Entry 2 of 2)

: resembling or suggestive of quicksilver especially : mercurial sense 3

Examples of quicksilver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Royals, however, scored just one run in the inning thanks to right-hander Nick Sandlin and a quicksilver double play started by second baseman Ernie Clement. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 11 Apr. 2022 This is the latest feature from Pixar, quicksilver in its pacing and clear-eyed in its conflicts between parents and children. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, 8 Mar. 2022 As a young woman careening between men, career paths and other life decisions big and small, Reinsve gives this exceedingly nimble romantic dramedy its restless energy, its quicksilver shifts in tone and its unexpectedly piercing emotional depths. Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2021 For the most part, though, Ms. Rapace portrays her with a quicksilver mix of severity and serenity. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 The actress and her character find their match in Viitala, who plays the all-seeing Mari with a quicksilver charm and empathy that makes her mysterious sixth-sense power seem grounded in some sort of reality. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Mar. 2021 Color-enhanced by citizen scientists from publicly available NASA data and images, the images show delicately swirling jet streams that look like a painting of quicksilver created by some space-faring artistic genius. Kara Swisher New York Times, Star Tribune, 2 Mar. 2021 But Trump apparently saw as a quicksilver territory where events and issues can quickly change votes. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 3 Nov. 2020 Cobham-Hervey, who, like Reddy, is Australian, is a quicksilver actor who doesn’t overplay the role’s iconic trappings. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The comment was made when internet companies were thought to be quicksilver entities rather than institutions building legacies. Joanne Mcneil, Harper's magazine, 20 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of quicksilver


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1655, in the meaning defined above

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“Quicksilver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quicksilver. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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