silver

noun
sil·​ver | \ˈsil-vər \

Definition of silver 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a white ductile very malleable metallic element that is capable of a high degree of polish, is chiefly monovalent in compounds, and has the highest thermal and electric conductivity of any substance — 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

adjective

Definition of silver (Entry 2 of 3)

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

verb
silvered; silvering\ˈsil-​v(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of silver (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to cover with silver (as by electroplating)

b : to coat with a substance (such as a metal) resembling silver

2a : to give a silvery luster to

b : to make white like silver

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Other Words from silver

Verb

silverer \ˈsil-​vər-​ər \ noun

Synonyms for silver

Synonyms: Noun

flatware, silverware, tableware

Synonyms: Adjective

argentine, gray (also grey), grayish, leaden, pewter, silvery, slate, slaty (also slatey), steely

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The last three people buried there—a man, woman, and child—wore ornate gold, silver, and bronze jewelry to their final resting place. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Israeli tomb contains a tasty surprise: Vanilla extract," 20 Nov. 2018 Among precious metals, silver was down 0.41% at $14.40 a troy ounce, palladium was down 0.09% at $1,089 a troy ounce and platinum was down 0.02% at $832.30 a troy ounce. David Hodari, WSJ, "Gold Slips as Broader Markets Calm," 30 Oct. 2018 As royal jewelry blogger From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault notes, there are actually six of these diamond, silver, and gold brooches which, as the name would suggest, look like stalks of wheat. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Wore Her Grandma Queen Elizabeth's Brooch as a Hairpiece to Her Evening Reception," 13 Oct. 2018 Accessories are grand, like candle holders, vases, and chandeliers, and china, silver, and gold are commonly used. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Traditional Design," 12 Oct. 2018 Walsh Jennings paired with London silver medalist April Ross in 2016 and earned bronze, but the pair split when Walsh Jennings left the AVP over philosophical differences and formed her own tour, called p1440. Jimmy Golen, The Seattle Times, "Walsh Jennings pairs with Brooke Sweat for 2020 Tokyo try," 9 Oct. 2018 Black to silver will almost never happen without compromising and causing unnecessary breakage. Marci Robin, Allure, "How My Colorist Corrected My Splotchy Hair-Dye Mess Without a Drop of Bleach," 22 Aug. 2018 On the men's side, keep an eye on U23 Canadian national champion Adam Roberge and 2016 junior world champion and 2017 U23 silver medalist Brandon McNulty. Dave Southorn, idahostatesman, "A brand-new event, and one of Boise's annual traditions. A big cycling weekend is on tap.," 10 July 2018 Hellickson, an Olympics silver medalist in wrestling in 1976 who has done commentary from the games for NBC News, did not return calls for comment. NBC News, "Powerful GOP Rep. Jim Jordan accused of turning blind eye to sexual abuse as Ohio State wrestling coach," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Spring 2004 In her first design with Nike, Serena sported a white and silver silk dress that immediately signaled a shift from her colorful style at Puma. Chris Chase, For The Win, "Serena Williams' fashion history, from catsuits to game-changing ballgowns," 31 May 2018 The color palette has been amped up, with Scarlet Ember and Sunset Drift (orange) metallic shades joining the usual variations of white, silver, gray, and black. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, "2019 Nissan Altima: New Engines and All-Wheel Drive," 29 Mar. 2018 Two men got out of a white or silver car, possibly a four-door vehicle, and approached the resident, police said. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Two men, one with gun, attempt to steal cellphone in Oak Park, then drive off after resident runs away: police," 27 Mar. 2018 Priyanka wore a floor-length, silver metallic gown with long sleeves and a high neckline for the event, while Nick went classic in tux with a white jacket and black pants. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Attended the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary Show at New York Fashion Week," 8 Sep. 2018 The shooter's car appeared to be a white or silver Dodge Neon, court documents say. Glenn E. Rice, kansascity, "Man who heard voices charged with murdering tattoo artist | The Kansas City Star," 21 May 2018 Gloss black and silver air vents cut into the sculpted hood. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Kia’s all-new 2018 Stinger sport sedan offers premium features, performance | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 May 2018 An eyewitness said the suspect was driving a white or silver 4-door pickup truck with large tires. Caleb Downs, San Antonio Express-News, "Tips sought in fatal NW Side accident," 12 Mar. 2018 According to an Aurora police Facebook post, at about 9:35 p.m. a black, newer model SUV was chasing a white or silver sedan similar to a Chevy Malibu northbound on Lafayette when shots were fired from the SUV toward the sedan. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Parked pickup struck by stray bullets when shots fired during Aurora car chase," 17 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, "Inside Bunny Williams's Silvery, Shimmery Bedroom," 8 Nov. 2012 As the years silvered his hair, his decision to leave it undyed, rare among high-ranking cadres, marked him out as different, even a bit daring. The Economist, "No ordinary ZhouZhou Xiaochuan, China’s central-bank chief, is about to retire," 1 Feb. 2018 For the color of rain and silvered rivers scribbled on distant hills. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Loss And Affirmation: The Poems Of Julia Morris Paul," 18 July 2017 Today, my mischievous father is forever 54, with a head of brown hair, just silvered at the temples. Special To The Denver Post, The Denver Post, "Mind’s Eye: On Father’s Day, I think of pranks," 14 June 2017 But the defining shot of last year's Finals and maybe of this NBA era was made by the Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving over Steph Curry in the last minute of the last game of last year's Finals, reducing the Warriors to silver medalists. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "NBA Finals 2017: Golden State shoots down Cleveland Cavaliers again for 2-0 lead: Bill Livingston (photos)," 4 June 2017

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First Known Use of silver

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

History and Etymology for silver

Noun

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

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

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More Definitions for silver

silver

noun

English Language Learners Definition of silver

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a soft grayish-white metal that is very valuable and is used to make jewelry, coins, knives, forks, etc.

: objects (such as knives, forks, teapots, candlesticks, etc.) that are made of or covered with silver

: coins that are made of silver

silver

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of silver (Entry 2 of 3)

: made of silver

: containing silver

: of or relating to silver

silver

verb

English Language Learners Definition of silver (Entry 3 of 3)

: to cover (something, such as a mirror) with a thin layer of silver or something that looks like silver

: to make (something) shine like silver

silver

noun
sil·​ver | \ˈsil-vər \

Kids Definition of silver

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a soft white metallic chemical element that can be polished and is used for money, jewelry and ornaments, and table utensils

2 : coin made of silver

3 : silverware table silver

4 : a medal made of silver that is given to someone who wins second place in a contest

5 : a medium gray

silver

adjective

Kids Definition of silver (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : made of, coated with, or yielding the soft white metallic chemical element silver a silver teapot

2 : having the medium gray color of silver silver hair

silver

verb
silvered; silvering

Kids Definition of silver (Entry 3 of 3)

: to coat with or as if with silver Before us, the countryside unfolded, silvered by frost and moonlight.— Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder

silver

noun
sil·​ver | \ˈsil-vər \

Medical Definition of silver 

: 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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