- 1A precious shiny greyish-white metal, the chemical element of atomic number 47: (Symbol: Ag) [as modifier]: a silver necklaceMore example sentences
- Beryllium, calcium, silver and antimony have no appreciable effect on mechanical properties.
- Unlike gold, silver or other precious metals, copper is primarily an industrial metal sold by copper producers to large manufacturers.
- He described the ratios between the densities of gold, mercury, lead, silver, bronze, copper, brass, iron, and tin.
- 2A shiny grey-white colour or appearance like that of silver: the dark hair was now highlighted with silverMore example sentences
- They are all normal colours, silver, or white, and never-ever purple.
- A gleaming and glittering twist on gray, silver is the complementary colour of gold.
- Unlike the stuffed one I saw originally, which had yellowed with age, the Nile Perch is silver in colour with a blue tinge.
- 3Silver dishes, containers, or cutlery: thieves stole £5,000 worth of silver the family silverMore example sentences
- Part of a hoard of family silver which vanished for more than 100 years was yesterday sold at auction for nearly £8,000.
- I could have just driven away with the family silver for all she knew.
- We have been pawning the family silver to pleasure ourselves.
- 3.1Household cutlery of any material.More example sentences
- The dining tables are set with period silver and china, and mannequins are dressed in authentic costumes.
- Near the sink a small pile of dishes and silver were waiting to be washed, dried and put away.
- 4Coins made from silver or from a metal that resembles silver: George dipped his hand into his pocket and brought out some small silverMore example sentences
- I tend to pick out the one pound coins and the silver to buy my lunch the next day so generally it's just the coppers that are left.
- The manager of the shop arrived to find the lock smashed, and the money, all silver and coppers, all gone.
- British imports of tea were steadily increasing during the early nineteenth century, and the Chinese would accept only specie, usually silver, in payment.
- 4.1chiefly Scottish Money.More example sentences
- He had lent him some silver to pay his seamstress's bill. -
- 5 [count noun] short for silver medal. she won three silversMore example sentences
- Great Britain have won nine gold medals, 10 silvers and six bronze.
- Todate he has participated in six international events and has won himself a gold medal and three silvers.
- Between them they won 7 gold medals, 3 silvers and 3 bronze - more than any national team won in track and field at the Games, except America itself.
verb[with object] (often as adjective silvered) Back to top
- 1Coat or plate with silver: large silvered candlesticksMore example sentences
- The idol is silvered with the electrolytic process.
- Also in the Metropolitan Museum is a silvered and patinated copper jardiniere designed by Reiber for Christofle.
- Some late 17th century and early 18th century brass and copper pieces of high quality were originally silvered.
- 1.1Provide (mirror glass) with a backing of a silver-coloured material in order to make it reflective: a silvered looking glassMore example sentences
- Thus, it seems that mirror glass was silvered not only at glassworks but at looking-glass makers' shops as well.
- A sheet of glass is silvered with a pattern of repeated gestural strokes, making for a shifting lattice of fragmentary reflections and glimpses through the glass.
- A block of glass is silvered over the upper portion of the face closest to the laser beam.
- 1.2 • literary (Especially of the moon) give a silvery appearance to: the brilliant moon silvered the turfMore example sentences
- The stars popped out on the black canvas of the sky, and the crescent moon silvered the edges of the clouds, turning each one into a masterpiece.
- We imagined it curling darkly through the reeds, and saw herons stalking its dusky flats; an owl swooped across waters silvered by the moon.
- The other early flowering pulmonaria in our garden is ‘Mary Mottram’ with heavily silvered pale leaves and blue flowers.
- 1.3Turn (a person’s hair) grey or white: his damp hair, long silvered and now thinningMore example sentences
- No doubt he was one of those abstracted, lost-in-the-clouds types - it would explain why the rumpled, silvered hair needed cutting.
- Her fur and long hair were silvered, but it did not give her the appearance of being old.
- He turned his head to look at her face, her green eyes sparkling in the moonlight, her hair silvered by it.
- 1.4 [no object] (Of a person’s hair) turn grey or white: Alexia remained a young woman even as her hair silveredMore example sentences
- At nearly 71 the red hair has silvered, but she is far from retired.
- A handsome man with a large head and a shock of dark hair, slightly silvered, he was about to surprise his audience.
- The older man looked to be in his early fifties, with dark brown hair beginning to silver at the temples, and dark chestnut eyes.
every cloud has a silver lining
- • proverb Every difficult or sad situation has a comforting or more hopeful aspect, even though this may not be immediately apparent: after the fire two years ago few could see the silver liningMore example sentences
- But, every cloud has a silver lining (for me anyway).
- In a case of every cloud has a silver lining, Bernard had injured his knee and the other soldiers continued on their journey, only to be ambushed.
- But hey, it's not all bad, every cloud has a silver lining!
the silver screen
- The cinema industry; cinema films collectively: stars of the silver screenMore example sentences
- Hollywood dominated the silver screen, and Thai movies were far and few in between.
- He was a legend, arguably the most beloved actor to grace the silver screen.
- Suburbia may not be as exciting as the silver screen, but it's infinitely less embarrassing.
Old English seolfor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zilver and German Silber.