quick·​sil·​ver | \ ˈkwik-ˌsil-vər How to pronounce quicksilver (audio) \

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Definition of quicksilver (Entry 2 of 2)

: resembling or suggestive of quicksilver especially : mercurial sense 3

Examples of quicksilver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For the most part, though, Ms. Rapace portrays her with a quicksilver mix of severity and serenity. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 The actress and her character find their match in Viitala, who plays the all-seeing Mari with a quicksilver charm and empathy that makes her mysterious sixth-sense power seem grounded in some sort of reality. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Mar. 2021 Color-enhanced by citizen scientists from publicly available NASA data and images, the images show delicately swirling jet streams that look like a painting of quicksilver created by some space-faring artistic genius. Kara Swisher New York Times, Star Tribune, 2 Mar. 2021 But Trump apparently saw as a quicksilver territory where events and issues can quickly change votes. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 3 Nov. 2020 Cobham-Hervey, who, like Reddy, is Australian, is a quicksilver actor who doesn’t overplay the role’s iconic trappings. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Sep. 2020 Both can assume any guise and, when smashed or shredded, mold themselves back into shape; the difference is that, whereas the earlier model was like quicksilver, the new one appears to be made of molasses. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2019 Police found quicksilver, lead and cadmium in the man's home. Darko Janjevic, USA TODAY, 29 June 2018 Schools of smolt salmon flicker like quicksilver, preparing for their journey out to sea. Neil Ever Osborne, Smithsonian, 24 Oct. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The comment was made when internet companies were thought to be quicksilver entities rather than institutions building legacies. Joanne Mcneil, Harper's magazine, 20 Jan. 2020

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1655, in the meaning defined above

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“Quicksilver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quicksilver. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quicksilver (Entry 2 of 2)

: changing quickly and often


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