quick·​sil·​ver | \ˈkwik-ˌsil-vər \

Definition of quicksilver 

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Definition of quicksilver (Entry 2 of 2)

: resembling or suggestive of quicksilver especially : mercurial sense 3

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The film is elevated by Ms. Danner’s quicksilver presence, and leavened by Ms. Chomko’s sly sense of humor and lyrical sense of loss. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘What They Had’ Review: A Troubled Trip Down Memory Lane," 18 Oct. 2018 Strangely, the gold here is of a quicksilver nature, slipping from focus (despite its crystalline particularity) so that one returns repeatedly to passages like the above, trying to truly assimilate them. Joan Frank, SFChronicle.com, "‘Kudos,’ by Rachel Cusk," 6 July 2018 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 This to-and-fro’ing might have led to a common ground for grazing, with laws of its own, and certainly open to reivers: mayhem-makers whose specialty was cattle rustling and quicksilver raids on farmsteads and whole towns. Peter Lewis, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Debatable Land' probes the history of a chink in the Scottish-English border," 19 June 2018 And Pékerman wasn’t short of options in that regard, for on the bench were Javier Saviola, a quicksilver striker, as well as a precocious teenager called Lionel Messi. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 1 Day to Go - What if Juan Roman Riquelme Hadn’t Been Substituted?," 13 June 2018 The Sixers had no answer for Tatum, or quicksilver point guard Terry Rozier, who hit seven of nine three-pointers — the Celtics made 17 of 36 (the Sixers missed 21 of their 26 threes) — or all-star big man Al Horford, who finished with 26 points. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Sixers lose to Celtics but renew their rivalry | Marcus Hayes," 30 Apr. 2018 Nissinen cites the dancer’s edge, quicksilver dynamics, and natural elegance. Karen Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Ballet’s John Lam is set to soar in dances from Balanchine to Bournonville," 10 May 2018 Its boom time was the mid- to late 1800s, when its quicksilver mines thrived. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Is Napa running out of land for vineyards?," 22 Feb. 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1655, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of quicksilver

: changing quickly and often


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