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 Sunday marked Week 2 of the season and Weak 1 of a six-game stretch of opponents suitable for carving, served up on a silver platter. BostonGlobe.com, "Same schedule for Patriots, weak after weak - The Boston Globe," 17 Sep. 2019 Make Your Own Wedding Band Fitzgerald Jewelry in Brooklyn offers workshops for designing wedding bands from silver and gold jewelry or heirloom pieces. Alix Strauss, New York Times, "Back to School Before You Say ‘I Do’," 3 Sep. 2019 There’s just one waiter, only a handful of tables, no sign, no menu—just whatever was plucked fresh out the sea that morning, drizzled with olive oil and lemon and served on a huge silver platter. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Condé Nast Traveler's Alternative Bucket List," 20 Aug. 2019 While crime isn’t funny, this Bobcat burglar handed us these bloopers on a silver platter. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Columbus police release video showing clumsy ‘Bobcat’ burglar stumbling through Dollar General," 14 Aug. 2019 The lower cabinets include eight shallow slide-out drawers for silver and linens. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "1925 Royal Oak Tudor with servants quarters has been restored to perfection," 27 July 2019 During the 2016 Rio Games, around 30 percent of the silver and bronze medals were derived from recyclables. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Medals Will Be Made of Recycled Materials," 26 July 2019 The project carries on a tradition seen in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, where silver and bronze medals were made from 30 percent recycled materials. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Here’s the First Look at Tokyo’s Medals for the 2020 Olympics, Made from Recycled Electronics," 25 July 2019 Officer Guerra was traveling in the 3100 block of IH 610 Southbound and observed a silver Ford Mustang lined up next to a Dodge Charger. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 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 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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4 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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