Definition of silver in English:

silver

Syllabification: sil·ver
Pronunciation: /ˈsilvər
 
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noun

1A precious shiny grayish-white metal, the chemical element of atomic number 47. (Symbol: Ag)

A transition metal, silver is found in nature as the native metal as well as in combined form in ore minerals. It is valued for use in jewelry and other ornaments and formerly in coins, and the decomposition of silver salts by the action of light (depositing metallic silver) is the basis of photography

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  • 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 gray-white color or appearance like that of silver: the dark hair was now highlighted with silver
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  • 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 silver
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  • 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: it is important to wash table silver in hot soapy water immediately after each meal
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
Synonyms
coins, coinage, specie; (small) change, loose change
4.1chiefly Scottish Money.
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  • He had lent him some silver to pay his seamstress's bill. -
5 short for silver medal.
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  • 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.
Synonyms

adjective

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[attributive] Denoting a twenty-fifth anniversary.
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  • In honor of the Opera’s Silver Anniversary, we are asking all opera lovers to make a special gift of just $25.

verb

[with object] (often as adjective silvered) Back to top  
1Coat or plate with silver: large silvered candlesticks
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  • 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-colored material in order to make it reflective.
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  • 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 turf
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  • 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) gray or white.
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  • 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 gray or white.
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  • 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.

Origin

Old English seolfor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zilver and German Silber.

Phrases

be born with a silver spoon in one's mouth

Be born into a wealthy family of high social standing.
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  • Although he is descended from Russian aristocracy, he was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
  • So what is it like to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth?
  • You on the other hand must have been born with a silver spoon in your mouth.

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.
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  • 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 movie industry; movies collectively: stars of the silver screen
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  • 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.

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