What is silver?

  • (adj): Lustrous gray; covered with or tinged with the color of silver.
    Synonyms: argent, silvery, silverish
    See also — Additional definitions below


Silver is a metallic chemical element with the chemical symbol Ag (Greek: άργυρος <árgyros>, Latin: argentum, both from the Indo-European root *arg- for "grey" or "shining") and atomic number 47. A soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it has the highest electrical conductivity of any element and the highest thermal conductivity of any metal. The metal occurs naturally in its pure, free form (native silver), as an alloy with gold and other metals, and in minerals such as argentite and chlorargyrite. Most silver is produced as a byproduct of copper, gold, lead, and zinc refining.

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Imperial Crypt - The Sarcophagi
19th century a mixture of cast brass and bronze as well as silver-bronzed copper was adopted ... Other metals were used only rarely, except for silver and gold plating on decorations ... lies a wooden coffin that is wrapped in silk (black with gold trim for rulers, red with silver trim for others) ...
Our Lady Of The Gate Of Dawn - Veneration - Miracles and Votive Offerings
... The commander, grateful for the victory, bestowed the chapel with a large silver votive offering ... fire in 1706, punishing a Russian soldier for an attempt to steal her silver clothes in 1708, and numerous miraculous healings ... They are usually small silver objects (hearts, crucifixes, figures of praying people, images of cured eyes, legs, arms) ...
George Silver
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More definitions of "silver":

  • (adj): Having the white lustrous sheen of silver.
    Example: "A land of silver (or silvern) rivers where the salmon leap"
    Synonyms: silvern, silvery
  • (verb): Coat with a layer of silver or a silver amalgam.
    Example: "Silver the necklace"
  • (noun): A soft white precious univalent metallic element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal; occurs in argentite and in free form; used in coins and jewelry and tableware and photography.
    Synonyms: Ag, atomic number 47
  • (verb): Make silver in color.
    Example: "Her worries had silvered her hair"
  • (adj): Made from or largely consisting of silver.
    Example: "Silver bracelets"
  • (noun): Silverware eating utensils.
    Synonyms: flatware
  • (noun): Coins made of silver.
  • (noun): A medal made of silver (or having the appearance of silver) that is usually awarded for winning second place in a competition.
    Synonyms: silver medal
  • (verb): Turn silver.
    Example: "The man's hair silvered very attractively"

Famous quotes containing the word silver:

    For soon amid the silver loneliness
    Of night he lifted up his voice and sang,
    Secure, with only two moons listening,
    Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935)

    This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
    This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
    This other Eden, demi-paradise,
    This fortress built by nature for herself
    Against infection and the hand of war,
    This happy breed of men, this little world,
    This precious stone set in the silver sea,
    Which serves it in the office of a wall,
    Or as a moat defensive to a house
    Against the envy of less happier lands;
    This blessèd plot, this earth, this realm, this England.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?
    Bible: New Testament, Luke 15:8.