silver

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noun

sil·​ver ˈsil-vər How to pronounce silver (audio)
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: a very malleable metallic chemical element with atomic number 47 that is capable of a high degree of polish, has the highest thermal and electric conductivity of any substance, and that is used especially in jewelry and tableware, in electronics, and as an antimicrobial see Chemical Elements Table
2
: silver as a commodity
the value of silver has risen
3
: coin made of silver
4
: articles (such as hollowware or table flatware) made of or plated with silver
also : similar articles and especially flatware of other metals (such as stainless steel)
5
: a nearly neutral slightly brownish medium gray
6
: coho
7
: a silver medal awarded as the second prize in a competition

silver

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adjective

1
: made of silver
2
: resembling silver: such as
a(1)
: having a white lustrous sheen
(2)
: of or tending towards the color silver
silver fur
a silver gray
b
: giving a soft resonant sound : dulcet in tone
c
: eloquently persuasive
3
: consisting of or yielding silver
4
: of, relating to, or characteristic of silver
5
: advocating the use of silver as a standard of currency
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: of, relating to, or being a 25th anniversary or its celebration

silver

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verb

silvered; silvering ˈsil-v(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce silver (audio)

transitive verb

1
a
: to cover with silver (as by electroplating)
b
: to coat with a substance (such as a metal) resembling silver
2
a
: to give a silvery luster to
b
: to make white like silver
silverer noun

Examples of silver in a Sentence

Noun a bracelet made of silver an artist who works in silver and gold a wooden statue inlaid with silver We need to polish the silver. Adjective a dress trimmed with silver ribbon a distinguished-looking gentleman with silver hair Verb The surface of the lake was silvered by the moonlight.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Another Florida win would have the Cats halfway to that silver chalice. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 9 June 2024 In 1875, a railroad built a 1,700-foot wharf nearby to send silver from Inyo County mines to the San Francisco Mint, and to welcome and disembark passengers from the Bay Area. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2024
Adjective
The catalytic converter was stolen from a 2005 four-door, silver Honda Accord. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, 4 June 2024 Taylor Swift Thanks Sweden Eras Tour Shows for Having the 'Most Generous, Excitable, Magical Crowds' During her November 2023 concert in Rio de Janeiro, the heel of her silver Christian Louboutin boots broke during the opening Lover section of the show. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 21 May 2024
Verb
Meinhardt’s wife, Lee Kiefer, won gold in women’s foil, and Imboden’s girlfriend, Ysaora Thibus, helped France to silver in the women’s team. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2021 Imboden’s partner, Ysaora Thibus, helped France to silver in the women’s team foil. Rachel Axon, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Aug. 2021 See all Example Sentences for silver 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Old English seolfor; akin to Old High German silbar silver, Lithuanian sidabras

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of silver was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Silver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silver. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

silver

1 of 3 noun
sil·​ver ˈsil-vər How to pronounce silver (audio)
1
: a soft white metallic element that takes a high polish and is a better conductor of heat and electricity than any other substance see element
2
a
: coin made of silver
b
: articles (as tableware) made of or plated with silver
c
: tableware made of other metals (as stainless steel)
3
: a medium gray
4
: a silver medal awarded as the second prize in a competition

silver

2 of 3 adjective
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: relating to, made of, or yielding silver
silver jewelry
silver ore
2

silver

3 of 3 verb
silvered; silvering ˈsilv-(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce silver (audio)
: to coat with or as if with silver
silverer noun

Medical Definition

silver

noun
sil·​ver ˈsil-vər How to pronounce silver (audio)
: a white metallic element that is sonorous, ductile, very malleable, capable of a high degree of polish, and chiefly monovalent in compounds, and that has the highest thermal and electric conductivity of any substance
symbol Ag
see Chemical Elements Table

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