1The liquid metal mercury.
- 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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