Definition of quicksilver in English:


Syllabification: quick·sil·ver
Pronunciation: /ˈkwikˌsilvər


  • 1The liquid metal mercury.
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    • Mercury has long been known also by the name quicksilver, because it is a silver liquid.
    • It is the secret, the mystery of quicksilver, that a metal of such enormous density can yet remain liquid.
    • California exported nearly all its silver to Asian markets, as well as much of its quicksilver [mercury], which was a key new element in improving the extraction of precious metals from ore.
  • 1.1Used in similes and metaphors to describe something that moves or changes very quickly, or that is difficult to hold or contain: his mood changed like quicksilver
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    • They view political power as a quicksilver that is always everywhere at once in society, and therefore nowhere in particular.
    • Ed Blackwell plays it straight for the most part, with only occasional flashes of the quicksilver rhythmic trickery he excelled at.
    • Although Merlis' prose remains as fluid as quicksilver, the narrative thrust progressively dwindles as Joel's quixotic journey nears its end.

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