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

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Wolcott Balestier was a darting, quicksilver figure, who probably deserves a book of his own. Charles Mcgrath, The New Yorker, "Rudyard Kipling in America," 1 July 2019 Seeing the thoroughbreds run live was a far different experience than on television, which doesn’t give a sense of their quicksilver speed. Vanessa Hua, SFChronicle.com, "The curious power of a day at the races," 7 June 2019 There’s way too much darkness, and not enough quicksilver wit. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "‘Dark Phoenix,’ X-Men’s probable swan song, is a dirge," 6 June 2019 In the First Concerto, from 1939, Price still adheres to a 19th-century concerto format, with quicksilver solo passages offset by a touchingly nostalgic second movement (and given a lustrous reading by Ms. Kahng). Brian Wise, WSJ, "Florence Price in Concert and on Disc: A Harvest of Rediscovery," 5 Dec. 2018 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

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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

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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