silver

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noun

sil·​ver ˈsil-vər How to pronounce silver (audio)
1
: 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
6
: 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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Levito ultimately completed the competition with a score of 223.33, with Tennell — a two-time U.S. champion — accumulating 213.12 points to win the silver medal. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 28 Jan. 2023 Ahead of her fourth and final run, Sadowski-Synnott sat in silver-medal position. Michelle Bruton, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2023 Miller is one of the greatest American goalies, finishing his career in 2021 with a strong, but not overwhelming, Hall of Fame case: 391 wins, .914 save percentage, an Olympic silver medal in 2010, when he was named tournament MVP and best goalie. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Jan. 2023 Broberg’s stellar resume includes the silver medal at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the bronze at the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition, and the top prize from the American Pianists Association in 2021. oregonlive, 15 Jan. 2023 Eleven months ago at the Winter Olympics, Russia won the gold medal, the United States won the silver medal and Japan won the bronze in the team figure skating competition. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, 13 Jan. 2023 This delicate wooden heart pendant is set on a sterling silver chain and can be engraved with a special message. Christina Montoya Fiedler, Good Housekeeping, 28 Dec. 2022 The Fenty Beauty founder was wearing a thick silver chain studded with colorful stones, and had her hair styled in braids. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 13 Nov. 2022 Depp also models sunglasses and a chest-revealing button-down shirt with layers of silver chain necklaces. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2022
Adjective
Fire crews pulled Dike out of a silver 2007 Infiniti G35 and took her to a hospital where detectives obtained a sample of her blood. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, 26 Jan. 2023 For a more contemporary take, these sterling silver rectangular cufflinks look edgy. Maverick Li, Men's Health, 26 Jan. 2023 The post said the suspect, a Black male wearing a blue hoodie and driving a silver or gray four-door sedan with Tennessee plates, was last seen headed westbound on Interstate 40. Dale Ellis, Arkansas Online, 17 Jan. 2023 Dorothy's iconic ruby red slippers were silver in the book. Juliana Ukiomogbe, ELLE, 1 Jan. 2023 Ivey and Maddie were gifted multiple presents, including bikes, a silver metallic purse, and a Barbie playhouse and unicorn. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 28 Dec. 2022 Klum attended the premiere with her husband, musician Tom Kaulitz, who matched her in a silver metallic suit. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 13 Dec. 2022 Supermodel Naomi Campbell arrived wearing a silver metallic trench coat and a neck full of opulent jewelry, while model Cindy Bruna took the little black slit dress to daring lengths while strutting inside. André-naquian Wheeler, Vogue, 5 Oct. 2022 The 20 Years Edition ditches the usual Union Jack logos in favor of a silver roof and mirror caps. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 21 Sep. 2022
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 The United States' Jessica Parratto and Delaney Schnell rallied to silver with a score of 310.80 and Mexico's Gabriela Agundez Garcia and Alejandra Orozco Loza took bronze with a score of 299.70. Brian Munoz, USA TODAY, 29 July 2021 Her routine earlier in Tokyo earned her a score of 15.4, the highest anyone has received so far, and stepped up to lead Team USA to silver with an unexpected floor routine when teammate Simone Biles pulled out of competition. Angela Vang/st. Paul, Time, 28 July 2021 The inside surface of this object is silvered and 100% reflective (or as close to it as practically possible). Quanta Magazine, 1 Apr. 2020 These 400 silvered glass panels, tucked into the western edge of that hot, hot desert, are there to generate heat 15 times that amount. Laura Mallonee, Wired, 21 Jan. 2020 The grass was silvered with dew, the tears of Aurora, in Roman mythology, the goddess of dawn who wept each sunrise for her dead son, Memnon. Maureen Stanton, Longreads, 17 Jan. 2020 His silvered-mirror furniture from the '30s and '40s is all the rage today, but eight years ago this bed ended up in a sleepy sale at Sotheby's. Frances Schultz, House Beautiful, 8 Nov. 2012 See More

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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 9 Feb. 2023.

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
1
: 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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