• WordNet 3.6
    • adj silver expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively "able to dazzle with his facile tongue","silver speech"
    • adj silver having the white lustrous sheen of silver "a land of silver (or silvern) rivers where the salmon leap","repeated scrubbings have given the wood a silvery sheen"
    • adj silver of lustrous grey; covered with or tinged with the color of silver "silvery hair"
    • adj silver made from or largely consisting of silver "silver bracelets"
    • v silver turn silver "The man's hair silvered very attractively"
    • v silver make silver in color "Her worries had silvered her hair"
    • v silver coat with a layer of silver or a silver amalgam "silver the necklace"
    • n silver silverware eating utensils
    • n silver a trophy made of silver (or having the appearance of silver) that is usually awarded for winning second place in a competition
    • n silver a light shade of grey
    • n silver coins made of silver
    • n silver 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
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Communion silver used in the Jamestown church after 1661. Both the chalice and paten were made in London, and donated to the church by Lt. Gov. Francis Morrison (or Moryson) in 1661. On both pieces is the legend: “Mixe not holy thinges with profane.” Communion silver used in the Jamestown church after 1661. Both the chalice and paten were made in London, and donated...
Polish up the spoons and the fat silver teapot Polish up the spoons and the fat silver teapot
Silver Maple. Soft Maple Silver Maple. Soft Maple
Silver Rupee of East India Company Silver Rupee of East India Company
A banker trying to convince a man to invest in the 'El Fabuloso silver mine A banker trying to convince a man to invest in the 'El Fabuloso silver mine

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 2002, the most popular car color in North America was silver.
    • Silver (Chem) A soft white metallic element, sonorous, ductile, very malleable, and capable of a high degree of polish. It is found native, and also combined with sulphur, arsenic, antimony, chlorine, etc., in the minerals argentite, proustite, pyrargyrite, ceragyrite, etc. Silver is one of the “noble” metals, so-called, not being easily oxidized, and is used for coin, jewelry, plate, and a great variety of articles. Symbol Ag (Argentum). Atomic weight 107.7. Specific gravity 10.5.
    • Silver Anything having the luster or appearance of silver.
    • Silver Bright; resplendent; white.
    • Silver Coin made of silver; silver money.
    • Silver Giving a clear, ringing sound soft and clear.
    • Silver Of or pertaining to silver; made of silver; as, silver leaf; a silver cup.
    • Silver Precious; costly.
    • Silver Resembling silver.
    • Silver Sweet; gentle; peaceful.
    • Silver The color of silver.
    • v. i Silver To acquire a silvery color. "The eastern sky began to silver and shine."
    • Silver To cover with silver; to give a silvery appearance to by applying a metal of a silvery color; as, to silver a pin; to silver a glass mirror plate with an amalgam of tin and mercury.
    • Silver To make hoary, or white, like silver. "His head was silvered o'er with age."
    • Silver To polish like silver; to impart a brightness to, like that of silver. "And smiling calmness silvered o'er the deep."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sterling silver contains 7.5% copper.
    • n silver Chemical symbol, Ag; atomic weight, 107.9. A metal of a white color, having a specific gravity of 10.4 to 10.7 (according as it is cast, rolled, or hammered), harder than gold, and softer than copper, having a tenacity about equal to that of gold, and melting at a temperature a little lower than copper. Its whiteness is remarkable, that of tin alone among thy common metals nearly approaching it; among the rare metals, iridium and lithium are equal to sulver in color and luster. Silver crystallizes in the regular (isometric) system; hut, although native silver is of frequent occurrence, distinct crystals are very rare. Arborescent and illiform shapes are most common, but very large solid masses have been found. Silver occurs in a great variety of ores, being mineralized by sulphur, antimony, and arsenic, as well as by chlorin, iodine, and bromine. These ores are widely distributed over the world, Silver is very commonly associated with lead; and the common ore of the latter metal, galena, always contains some silver, and generally enough to make its separation remunerative. Silver has also been detected in the water of the ocean. The principal silverproducing regions are the Andes and Cordilleras. From Peru and Bolivia came an immense supply of this metal during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Mexico has been a large producer of silver since the middle of the sixteenth century. The mines of the Comstock lode at Virginia City, in Nevada, produced about $320,000,000 worth of bullion from 1860 to 1890, about live twelfths of the value of which was silver. This metal has always been accounted “precious,” and has been used for ornament and as a measure of value from the earliest times of which there is any historical record. Its most marked point of inferiority to gold, apart from color, is its liability to tarnish when exposed to sulphurons emanations or hrought into contact with anything containing sulphur. Silver is too soft to he used in the unalloyed condition. The ratio of silver to copper in the silver coinage of England is 92½ to 7½ (or 12⅓ to 1); in that of France and the United States, 9 to 1; and in that of Prussia, 3 to 1.
    • n silver Silver coin; hence, money in general.
    • n silver Silverware; tableware of silver; plate; a silver vessel or utensil.
    • n silver In photography, a salt of silver, as thenitrate, bromide, or chlorid, which three salts are of fundamental importance as photographic sensitizing agents.
    • n silver Something resembling silver; something having a luster like silver.
    • n silver In old English law, a paym ent made to the king for liberty to abandon or compromise the judicial proceeding for the conveyance of property called a fine. Also called postfine. See fine, 3, and compare primer fine (under primer).
    • silver Made of silver; silvern: as, a silver cup; silver coin or money.
    • silver Pertaining or relating to silver; concerned with silver; producing silver: as, silver legislation; a (Congressional) silver bill; the silver men; the silver States.
    • silver Resembling silver; having some of the characteristics of silver; silvery. White like silver; of a shining white hne: as, silver willow (so called in allusion to the silvery leaves): silver dew (referring to the appearance of dew in the early morning).
    • silver Having a pale luster or a soft splendor
    • silver Bright; lustrous; shining; glittering.
    • silver Having a soft and clear tone, like that fancifully or poetically attributed to a silver bell, or a bar of silver when struck.
    • silver Soft; gentle; quiet; peaceful.
    • silver To cover the surface of with a coat of silver; silver-plate: as, to silver a dial-plate.
    • silver To cover with anything resembling silver in color and luster; specifically, to coat with tin-foil and quieksilver, as a looking-glass.
    • silver To adorn with mild or silver-likeluster; give a silvery sheen to.
    • silver To make hoary; tinge with gray.
    • silver To assume the appearance of silver in color; become of a silvery whiteness.
    • n silver Silver hydrazoate (AgN3), prepared by precipitating a solution of silver nitrate by one of sodium hydrazoate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first coin minted in the United States was a silver dollar. It was issued on October 15, 1794.
    • n Silver sil′vėr a soft white metal, capable of a high polish: money made of silver: anything having the appearance of silver
    • adj Silver made of silver: resembling silver: white: bright: precious: gentle: having a soft and clear tone: of high rank, but still second to the highest
    • v.t Silver to cover with silver: to make like silver: to make smooth and bright: to make silvery
    • v.i Silver to become silvery
    • Silver the celebrations of the 25th, 50th, and 60th anniversaries of a wedding
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  • “Every silver lining has a cloud.”
  • P.T. Barnum
    P.T. Barnum
    “Every crowd has a silver lining.”
  • Proverb
    “Every cloud has a silver lining.”
  • Dwight L. Moody
    “God doesn't seek for golden vessels, and does not ask for silver ones, but He must have clean ones.”
  • Don Marquis
    “Every cloud has its silver lining but it is sometimes a little difficult to get it to the mint”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Make new friends but keep the old ones; one is silver and the other's gold.”


Born with a silver spoon in your mouth - If you are born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you are born into a rich family.
Every cloud has a silver lining - People sometimes say that every cloud has a silver lining to comfort somebody who's having problems. They mean that it is always possible to get something positive out of a situation, no matter how unpleasant, difficult or even painful it might seem.
On a silver platter - If you hand or give something on a silver platter to someone, you let them have it too easily.
Silver bullet - A silver bullet is a complete solution to a large problem, a solution that seems magical.
Silver screen - The silver screen is the cinema.
Silver surfer - A silver surfer is an elderly person who uses the internet.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. silver, selver, seolver, AS. seolfor, siolfur, siolufr, silofr, sylofr,; akin to OS. silubar, OFries. selover, D. zilver, LG. sulver, OHG. silabar, silbar, G. silber, Icel. silfr, Sw. silfver, Dan. sölv, Goth. silubr, Russ. serebro, Lith. sidabras,; of unknown origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. weddian, to engage, to marry (Ger. wetten, to wager)—wed, a pledge; Goth. wadi, Ger. wette, a bet.


In literature:

The very silver had a festive shine.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
And her silver gave Paivatar.
"Kalevala, Volume I (of 2)" by Anonymous
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
On each side of the altar there are massive silver candelabra, each weighing four and a half arobas (712-1/2 pounds).
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
In 1890 the Sherman act called for more silver coinage and the price of silver immediately advanced.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
And the silver strands of his silver-white beard glisten like rays of light in the golden red of the sun.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
He had three silver cups, two handsome pistols, and a silver coffee-pot.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
He had taken some excellent photographs of Silver Cloud and company, which he had left with the Barton family.
"Doctor Jones' Picnic" by S. E. Chapman
The demand for a restoration of silver coinage began with the silver miners who desired a stimulated market for their output.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
At the table were placed two chairs, one of silver, the other of gold.
"The Yellow Fairy Book" by Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang

In poetry:

Silver dagger you were,
Silver dagger!
It was not you who made
Such a fool of my hand.
"Guitar" by Cecilia Meireles
"Two she has to guide her:
One, a sturdy chap,
Other, tall beside her,
In a silver cap.
"April" by Nancy Byrd Turner
Thy brow was like the silver
On the star-lit sea;
Thy bright eyes did bewilder
All, as me.
"Love Without Hope" by James Avis Bartley
Dusking amber dimly creeps
Over the vale,
Lit by the kildee's silver sweeps,
Sad with his wail.
"Storm-Ebb" by Cale Young Rice
There was a little maiden
In blue and silver drest,
She sang to God in Heaven
And God within her breast.
"The Singing Girl" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
You have witnessed many sorrows,
On your flight across the skies,
As you chase the silver twilight
When the golden sunset dies.
"The Four Winds" by R S Ward

In news:

It looks a bit like silver bird.
Raw, fried or grilled, oysters from all over are the specialty of the house at the tiny Silver Lake eatery.
Silver and black attack left black and blue .
2012 Moto Guzzi Griso 8V Se Black Silver .
Moto Guzzi USA recently released a new black/silver devil color for the 2012 Griso 8V SE.
The iconic book 'Bless me, Ultima' is coming to the silver screen.
Maria Hoffman and Eddie Bollman took top honors Sept 29 in the Teaching Family Homes Silver Creek Trail Run.
BOMA Chicago Earns LEED-CI Silver.
Colchester's " Bootlegger " Comes to the Silver Screen.
DEBORAH SILVER/TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS Three-year-old Carly Salzberg (top) and her twin sister, Addison, both of Stuart, climb around on the playground equipment at the Kiwanis Youth Park at Woodlawn on Thursday in Stuart.
Adam Silver, who will succeed.
ROME (AP) — The Italian Olympic Committee confirmed Wednesday that Olympic cycling silver medalist Davide Rebellin tested positive for doping at the Beijing Games.
A silver medal from the 2004 Olympics for doing the breast-stroke in the 400 meter relay.
Latest News What's New Stuller introduces Continuum ™ Sterling Silver.
Flatware , silver or silver-plated, is still in demand.

In science:

Mitchell and Silver have proved that the tree property on ℵ2 is equiconsistent with the existence of a weakly compact cardinal.
On the consistency of the definable tree property on \aleph_1
By Mitchel’s and Silver’s results , the tree property on ℵ2 is equiconsistent with the existence of a weakly compact cardinal.
On the consistency of the definable tree property on \aleph_1
In fact the polynomial that we have computed is the same as the polynomial invariant of virtuals of Sawollek and defined by an alternative method by Silver and Williams .
Bi-oriented Quantum Algebras, and a Generalized Alexander Polynomial for Virtual Links
Parallel crest lines whose slope are simply related to the silver mean were again found.
Aperiodic Quantum Random Walks
We call an edge e a silver edge if e corresponds to an HNN-extension where associated subgroups are maximal Abelian.
Isomorphism problem for finitely generated fully residually free groups