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

Synonyms: Adjective

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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 But the copper foil was covered in something that looked like polished silver. W. Wayt Gibbs, Science | AAAS, "The next graphene? Shiny and magnetic, a new form of pure carbon dazzles with potential," 12 Nov. 2019 But in research reported today in Nature Ecology & Evolution, the borderline-apocryphal silver back chevrotain (or Vietnam mouse-deer) has been spotted in the wild. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Missing for 30 Years, a Rare Deer Species Is Rediscovered in Vietnam," 11 Nov. 2019 Police were searching for a silver Chevrolet Malibu with Texas license plates. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two children, mother injured in hit-and-run near Fiserv Forum downtown, police seek suspect," 9 Nov. 2019 The unknown man was seen leaving the area where Blanchard was last seen in what is described as a late 2000’s model Lincoln Town Car, silver or grey in color. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Aniah Blanchard kidnapping suspect Ibraheem Yazeed captured by U.S. Marshals in Pensacola," 8 Nov. 2019 The color scheme was muted with rich woods, deep greens, and patinated silvers. Jesse Sparks, Bon Appétit, "Jubilee Is the Celebration of Black Cooking I Didn’t Expect to Love So Deeply," 6 Nov. 2019 The veils darken again during redevelopment because the silver chloride returns to metallic silver. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Scientists unlock the chemical secrets of a 19th-century photography technique," 6 Nov. 2019 The whole team took turns celebrating with a horde of blue and silver supporters along the chain-link fence adjacent to the finish line. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Cross Country: St. Xavier, Summit Country Day win state team championships," 2 Nov. 2019 Kenia Guadalupe Galvez Pena was crossing Bellaire Boulevard near Howell Sugar Land Road about 6:36 a.m. when a female driving a silver 2011 Toyota Camry hit her, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Rafa Farihah, Houston Chronicle, "Pedestrian killed trying to cross Bellaire Boulevard," 30 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Those silver buttons reflected a precise amount of starlight to make any kid feel like Paris Hilton circa 2004. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al, "The Razr phone is back: I’ll take pink, please," 14 Nov. 2019 Kendall accessorized the look with a silver necklace, dangly silver earrings, and dark brown kitten heel shoes. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Wore the Tiniest Nude Dress to Buy Jewelry in Beverly Hills," 7 Nov. 2019 The doors of the silver car — which was stolen — opened. Terrence Mccoy, Washington Post, "Armed burglars break into fancy Brazilian home. Watch what happens when he fights back.," 16 Oct. 2019 The silver car sped off and police pursued it, Cato said. Rosemary Sobol, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago police officer struck by cop car while running after gun suspect at West Side gang funeral," 10 Oct. 2019 After the shooting, police found surveillance footage showing Garcia and Cruz, huddling with five other men in a silver car on a street near the bar. Aimee Ortiz, BostonGlobe.com, "Prosecutor vows to seek 40-year term for alleged shooter in Ortiz case," 15 June 2019 The man had been hanging outside near Dumpster when a silver car pulled up and began shooting, according to police. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Man shot in buttocks outside apartment in Midtown," 1 Aug. 2019 They were headed to their job in the kitchen of the Tex-Mex restaurant at 5916 York Road when they were pulled over by ICE officers in an unmarked silver car. Thalia Juarez, baltimoresun.com, "Well liked chef at Zen West in North Baltimore arrested by ICE," 27 July 2019 Hernandez, who also won an Olympic silver medal on the balance beam in addition to her team gold, took more than a year off from the sport after the Rio de Janeiro Games. Scott Reid, The Denver Post, "Maggie Haney, coach of Olympic and world champion gymnasts, under investigation," 20 Aug. 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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18 Nov 2019

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
How to pronounce silver (audio)

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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