silver

noun
sil·​ver | \ ˈsil-vər How to pronounce silver (audio) \

Definition of silver

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

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 How to pronounce silvering (audio) \

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 How to pronounce silverer (audio) \ 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

There were jewelry artisans with a variety of unique products, including beach glass, silver and gold. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Shoppers find variety among merchants at Rocky River Fall Arts Festival," 16 Sep. 2019 Officer Guerra got behind the silver Mustang and initiated a traffic stop. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 16 Sep. 2019 The silver lining for red-seat Republicans: Trump will be back on the ballot next fall. David Wasserman, NBC News, "Five takeaways from Republicans' narrow escape in North Carolina's 9th District," 11 Sep. 2019 Agents seized gold, platinum and silver bars, at least $15,000 in a bank account, high-end watches and jewelry, including a Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl ring, numerous firearms, computers and a Lincoln Navigator. James Martinez, azcentral, "Criminal ring used 'dark web' marketplaces to sell drugs, turn bitcoins into cash," 9 Sep. 2019 Google spared no expense with this two-in-one, outfitting it with a metal chassis, clean white palm rests, and a glass portion on the lid, and silver and gray accents throughout. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: How to buy a Chromebook, plus our best picks," 7 Sep. 2019 The Oakland Raiders had ended their tumultuous relationship with Antonio Brown without the star receiver ever playing a single down for the silver and black. Frankie Taddeo, SI.com, "Fantasy Impact of Antonio Brown's Transition From Raiders to Patriots," 7 Sep. 2019 Technically, only some of us were fishing — others set off in kayaks to paddle the glassy water, watching the Crayola-bright blues of daytime mellow to silver. Diane Bairand Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Welcome to the Lake Winnipesaukee of the South," 4 Sep. 2019 Catching the light of the paparazzi flashbulbs, Lil Nas X’s sequin suit featured a cropped jacket and matching silver cowboy boots—because, yeehaw! Vogue, "Lil Nas X Takes Yeehaw Style to the Next Level at the VMAs," 27 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In terms of performances at tournaments, the Three Lions side of the 2000s wasn't even silver or bronze. SI.com, "England: Why This Is the Three Lions' Real Golden Generation," 9 Sep. 2019 The front fender is also silver metallic, as is the seating platform. Arv Voss, Houston Chronicle, "BMW C evolution: Maxi-scooter with non-liquid juice," 7 Sep. 2019 In a sign of strides made in the last three years, Minnesota United could see the coveted big, shiny and silver trophy destined to the winner U.S. Open Cup final on Tuesday. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Minnesota United falls 2-1 to Atlanta in U.S. Open Cup final," 27 Aug. 2019 Other favorites are Miscanthus sinensis ‘Adagio’ grass with fine-textured, silver-green blades, and Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ shrub with bright chartreuse foliage, commonly known as Mexican orange blossom. oregonlive.com, "2019 Street of Dreams: A modern farmhouse with a Tuscan twist and water-wise landscaping," 13 Aug. 2019 The version here is silver silk painted with vines and flowers. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Home near Cranbrook's art objects is filled with space and glamour," 3 Aug. 2019 Kipcgoge, 34, won marathon gold in Rio to add to his 5,000-meter Olympic silver medal from 2008 and 5,000-meter Olympic bronze medal from 2004. Chris Chavez, SI.com, "Eliud Kipchoge: Running Under Two Hours for the Marathon Is Like the Moon Landing," 14 Aug. 2019 After Sun won the 400 free, silver medalist Mack Horton of Australia refused to step on the podium or acknowledge Sun during the medals ceremony. Beth Harris, baltimoresun.com, "China’s Sun Yang gets shunned again on podium at world swimming championships," 23 July 2019 Marquise Hines was standing on the street in the first block of North Parkside Avenue about 1 p.m. Thursday when someone in a silver sedan opened fire, hitting him in the head, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Deanese Williams-harris, chicagotribune.com, "West Side man shot Thursday dies," 13 July 2019

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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Time Traveler for silver

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)

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

silver

noun
sil·​ver | \ ˈsil-vər How to pronounce silver (audio) \

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 How to pronounce silver (audio) \

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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