• "I would be strikin' as Mercury, but I think I would be at my best as Apollo."
    "I would be strikin' as Mercury, but I think I would be at my best as Apollo."
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mercurialize (Med) To affect with mercury.
    • v. i Mercurialize To be sprightly, fantastic, or capricious.
    • Mercurialize (Photography) To treat with mercury; to expose to the vapor of mercury.
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Dog's Mercury Dog's Mercury

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you were standing on Mercury, the Sun would appear 2.5 times larger than it appears from Earth
    • mercurialize To be capricious or fantastic.
    • mercurialize To treat or impregnate with mercury, as by exposure to its vapor, or immersion in a chemical solution of it. To mercurialize a photographic negative is to subject it to the action of a solution of bichlorid of mercury in order to intensify or reinforce the image. Plugs of mercurialized carbon are sometimes used in microphones and in the transmitter of a telephonic circuit.
    • mercurialize In medicine, to affect with mercury, as the bodily system; bring under the influence of mercury. Also spelled mercurialise.
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  • Source Unknown
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    “They are as much for Mars, as for Mercury; as well qualified for war, as for business.”
  • David Hare
    “Sudden resolutions, like the sudden rise of mercury in a barometer, indicate little else than the variability of the weather.”


In literature:

If fumes of mercury inhaled, mercurial tremors develop.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
The ship is waiting to blast off for Mercury.
"The Revolt on Venus" by Carey Rockwell
The people called Barnabas Jupiter, and Paul Mercury.
"Raphael" by Estelle M. Hurll
Then a swiftly broadening gleam of light shot out from behind the black circle of Mercury.
"A Honeymoon in Space" by George Griffith
Mercury, with sixpence in his pocket, is already posting my generosity at Shap.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Once the mercury was agitated, the ball would be as easy to kick as a well-greased eel.
"Stand by for Mars!" by Carey Rockwell
The play is introduced by Mercury acting as prologue.
"Some Forerunners of Italian Opera" by William James Henderson
As he stood wringing his hands and weeping, the god Mercury suddenly appeared and asked what the trouble was.
"The Æsop for Children" by Æsop
Damn your poetry, Apollo, and, Mercury, give us one of your good stories.
"Ixion In Heaven" by Benjamin Disraeli
Delarey, when in movement, looked more than ever like a Mercury.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
The old idea that mercury will harden steel more than any other quenching material has been exploded.
"The Working of Steel" by Fred H. Colvin
Strange also that Jonah Wall should play Mercury!
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope
Mercury's "Day" and "Year" are the same.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
It will be found here that in practice we have to deal chiefly with two substances, viz: mercury and lead.
"The Electric Bath" by George M. Schweig
Stir all together, then add slowly three ounces Mercury stirring briskly all the time so it will mix.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
In Venus inscribe an octahedron; the sphere inscribed in it will be Mercury's.
"The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'" by Thomas Orchard
Of planets, besides the earth, modern astronomy knows Mercury, Venus, Mars, many planetoids, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
"The Astronomy of the Bible" by E. Walter Maunder
The heavier of the weights rests on the top of the mercury.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
Venus follows next, then Mars, and then Mercury.
"Astronomy of To-day" by Cecil G. Dolmage
What must the sun appear to Mercury, who is so much nearer to him than we are?
"The Children's Book of Stars" by G.E. Mitton

In poetry:

Jupiter, Aged Diety
Apollo, Aged Diety
Mars, Aged Diety
Diana, Aged Diety
"Thespis: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
MER. Compelled upon Olympus here to stop,
While the other gods go down to play the hero.
Don't be surprised if on this mountain top
You find your Mercury is down at zero.
"Thespis: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Like the scent of grass ascending,
Like the crazed rainfall's mercury, the foliage among,
He stupefied the bark, approached the mouth, panting,
And, halting there, upon a braid he hung.
"Margarita" by Boris Pasternak
My sooth! right bauld ye set your nose out,
As plump an grey as onie grozet:
O for some rank, mercurial rozet,
Or fell, red smeddum,
I'd gie you sic a hearty dose o't,
Wad dress your droddum!
"To A Louse" by Robert Burns
Then fly with me, love, ere the summer's begun,
And the mercury mounts to one hundred and one;
Ere the grass now so green shall be withered and sear,
In the spring that obtains but one month in the year.
"California Madrigal" by Francis Bret Harte
And then he put forth all his strength,
His warmth with might and main exerted,
Till upward in its tube at length
The mercury most nimbly spurted.
Phenomenal the curious sight was,
So swift the rise in Fahrenheit was.
"The Impetuous Breeze And The Diplomatic Sun" by Guy Wetmore Carryl

In news:

Mercurial Inu in test squad.
Olympic women's marathon champion Tiki Gelana unfazed by mercurial conditions.
What you don't know about the mercurial director.
Hockey / Carolina Hurricanes Mercurial retrograde.
You often encounter the word " mercurial " in the world of sports.
Mercurial Jackson subject of fascinating Grantland piece.
Light Aircraft R&M Market Healthy, but Mercurial .
Immediately, he called a friend, had him phone the show's hotline and then wait on hold for 40 minutes to pose this simple question: ``Why are you ducking the Mercury Morris case.
Children who love to eat tuna fish may be at greater risk of mercury poisoning than anyone has realized, finds the first study on mercury in school lunches published Wednesday by the Mercury Policy Project.
Coal-fired power plants largest source of mercury pollution, a brain poison.
Anti-aging Treatments, Skin Lighteners Tied to Mercury Poisoning .
Yesterday's high temperature of 97 degrees beat the record set back in 1919, when the mercury hit 93.
LONDON (AP) Indie pop quartet Alt-J has won Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize, beating more established acts to the 20,000 pound (roughly $32,000) prize at the Roundhouse in north London.
Chuck D Autobiography of Mistachuck (Mercury).
Freddie Mercury's History Chronicled in 'The Great Pretender ' Documentary.

In science:

The physics of how grains can be launched successfully from a super-Mercury is explained in §4.4.
Possible Disintegrating Short-Period Super-Mercury Orbiting KIC 12557548
R⊕ 1255b is the much higher surface gravity of our nominal super-Mercury.
Possible Disintegrating Short-Period Super-Mercury Orbiting KIC 12557548
For super-Earths, the base of a Parker-type wind (the base is roughly identified as that location where the local value of vesc /cs ∼ 6) would lie several Rp away from the planetary surface, while for a super-Mercury the base would lie close to the surface.
Possible Disintegrating Short-Period Super-Mercury Orbiting KIC 12557548
The analogy between our evaporating super-Mercury and comets may not be a bad one, but much theoretical work remains to be done to put this scenario on a more quantitative and secure footing.
Possible Disintegrating Short-Period Super-Mercury Orbiting KIC 12557548
If there indeed turns out to be a super-Mercury orbiting KIC 12557548, where the occultations are due to dust carried by outflowing sublimated gas, the planet would be among the smallest-mass bodies ever to have been (indirectly) detected.
Possible Disintegrating Short-Period Super-Mercury Orbiting KIC 12557548
During a visit by Besso to Einstein in Zurich in June 1913 they both tried to solve the "Entwurf" field equations to find the perihelion advance of Mercury in the field of a static sun in what is known by the name, the "Einstein-Besso manuscript".54 Besso was inducted by Einstein into the necessary calculations.
Genesis of general relativity - Discovery of general relativity
The "Entwurf" theory predicted a perihelion advance of about 18'' per century instead of 43'' per century.55 As shown later, Einstein did not mention Besso's name in his 1915 paper that explains the anomalous precession of Mercury.
Genesis of general relativity - Discovery of general relativity
It could also not explain the anomalous motion of Mercury.
Genesis of general relativity - Discovery of general relativity
The perihelion shift of Mercury gave an experimental evidence for the theory of general relativity a century ago, e.g. (Will 2006).
Post-Newtonian effects of planetary gravity on the perihelion shift
We checked that using the hybrid symplectic integrator within the Mercury package (Chambers 1999), which we have run with a constant time step of 0.1 days, i.e. less than 1% of the orbital period of the inner planet, for over more than 108 orbital periods.
An Independent Planet Search In The Kepler Dataset. I. A hundred new candidates and revised KOIs
We also used a Mercury run over a shorter time (100 years) at a higher time resolution to estimate the TTV signal.
An Independent Planet Search In The Kepler Dataset. I. A hundred new candidates and revised KOIs
As Lawden was mainly interested in deriving the perihel shift of the planet Mercury, he only determined approximations of the constants A, B , and C .
Relativistic Orbits and the Zeros of $\wp(\Theta)$
The first experimental confirmation of GR appeared in 1915, when it successfully accounted for the discrepancy with the Newtonian estimate for the advance of the perihelion precession of Mercury’s orbit with no adjustable parameters.
The experimental status of Special and General Relativity
Our research reveals that such differences have been reported at least twice, once for Mercury, but were treated both times as systematic error.
The correct analysis and explanation of the Pioneer-Galileo anomalies
Mercury, CSPI, and Sky are three of the more popular systems.
Cluster Computing White Paper