quicksilver

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

Definition of quicksilver

 (Entry 1 of 2)

quicksilver

adjective

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 But Trump apparently saw as a quicksilver territory where events and issues can quickly change votes. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Trump fancies himself an incredible closer—but is it enough to make him a winner?," 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, "From ‘I Am Woman’ to ‘Get on Up’: Movies that hit the right note," 11 Sep. 2020 Both can assume any guise and, when smashed or shredded, mold themselves back into shape; the difference is that, whereas the earlier model was like quicksilver, the new one appears to be made of molasses. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "End Times in “Terminator: Dark Fate” and “Marriage Story”," 1 Nov. 2019 Police found quicksilver, lead and cadmium in the man's home. Darko Janjevic, USA TODAY, "German man suspected of killing 21 co-workers by poisoning their food," 29 June 2018 Schools of smolt salmon flicker like quicksilver, preparing for their journey out to sea. Neil Ever Osborne, Smithsonian, "A Paradise for Grizzly Bears Gets an Up-Close Look," 24 Oct. 2017 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, "Search and Destroy," 20 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of quicksilver

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

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 2 Mar. 2021.

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quicksilver

noun

English Language Learners Definition of quicksilver

 (Entry 1 of 2)

old-fashioned + literary : a

quicksilver

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of quicksilver (Entry 2 of 2)

literary : changing quickly and often

quicksilver

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

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quicksilver

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

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