silvery

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj silvery 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 silvery resembling or reminiscent of silver "a soft silvern voice","singing in her silvery tones"
    • adj silvery of lustrous grey; covered with or tinged with the color of silver "silvery hair"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Silvery Besprinkled or covered with silver.
    • Silvery Having the clear, musical tone of silver; soft and clear in sound; as, silvery voices; a silvery laugh.
    • Silvery Resembling, or having the luster of, silver; grayish white and lustrous; of a mild luster; bright. "All the enameled race, whose silvery wing
      Waves to the tepid zephyrs of the spring."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • silvery Besprinkled, covered with, or containing silver.
    • silvery Having the qualities, or some of the qualities, of silver. Especially— Having the lustrous whiteness of silver.
    • silvery Having a soft and musical sound, as that attributed to silver bells
    • silvery In zoology, of a silvery color; shining-white or hoary; frosted; pruinose.
    • silvery In botany, bluish-white or gray with a metallic luster.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Silvery covered with silver: resembling silver: white: clear, soft, mellow
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. silfer, seolfor; Ice. silfr, Ger. silber.

Usage

In literature:

The trout leaped into the air with a flourish of silvery tail; then fell floundering on The Seraph's bare knees.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
All at once Rob could see the surface of the water below him just barely moving in low, silvery ripples as though a faint wind touched it.
"The Young Alaskans" by Emerson Hough
The moon was rising in a silvery bow in the sky; the air was deliciously fresh and balmy.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
On the sides and below, this gave place to a rich bronze, and then to a clear, iridescent silvery blue.
"Edge of the Jungle" by William Beebe
By comparison with it, the oat stocks shone pale and silvery.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
Her hair was silvery, and contrasted strangely with her swart face.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
He was about to throw them aside, when a silvery glint caught his eye.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Carl crossed the room and kissed her pale-veined, silvery old hand.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
A couple of thousand feet overhead, a silvery-grey, bluff-pointed cylinder was moving with apparent slowness.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Under the same high stars dark mountains waited; and there was a silvery sound of waters stirring somewhere in the mist.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
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In poetry:

The song of Glencar Water
It has such silvery frets;
And there, by Glencar Water,
Are banks of violets.
"Glencar Water" by Clinton Scollard
More softly warm and weave
The patient, timid grass,
Till heard at silvery eve
Poor robin's lonely mass.
"Spring" by Mary Baker Eddy
Fair art thou, Morna!
The sadness of thine eye
Is beautiful as silvery clouds
On the dark-blue summer sky!
"Carolan's Prophecy" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
White were her feet, her forehead showed
A spot of silvery white,
That seemed to glimmer like a star
In autumn's hazy night.
"The White-Footed Deer" by William Cullen Bryant
Then the moon in silvery brightness,
Will show her pale, sad face;
And the stars as her attendants,
Will stud infinite space.
"Sunset" by Mary Weston Fordham
Mist on the mountain height
Silvery creeping;
Incarnate beads of light
Bloom-cradled sleeping,
Dripped from the brow of Night.
"Dawn" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Slowly — very slowly — she is rolling up her silvery stockings and tying them, just above the knees, with a pink ribbon.
It may not be a cape of magical, silvery material, but it's still an invisibility cloak.
The Staticky, Silvery Strands Irk Some Folks, but Decorations Don't Come Any Cheaper.
And "Further Away," its lovely melody enhanced by Green's silvery touch on the piano (with atmospheric accompaniment from bassist Ben Wolfe and drummer Kenny Washington).
Re-spelling the cliché "Even Steven" as "Even Stephen," the silvery singer pays tribute to songwriters Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Flaherty, and Stephen Schwartz.
Mary O'Malley's dazzling designs have often seemed part jellyfish, part flower, part chandelier — all built from shimmering veils of silvery dots and dashes that glow against black paper.
Sunrise was still two hours away, the Spanish moss hanging silvery in the darkness, as Runion brought them inside the garage.
As if celebrities didn't have enough problems—like paparazzi and wrinkles—along comes the housing bust to tarnish their silvery existence.
In addition, the father and son imported protected Eastern silvery minnows into the state from Vermont, which was in violation of the Mass.
Soft grasses, aromatic herbs, and silvery foliage fill in between them, softening the path 's edges.
Filled with small pots of rosemary plants, an elegant grouping of mercury glass vases illuminates the mantel with soft, silvery light.
The silvery gray perennial is just one of many that make her Plum Run garden a treat for the eyes.
The eastern horizon was lit with silvery rays of sunlight on this bright Friday morning.
For about six weeks in October and November, Lake Superior anglers pull thousands of the silvery fish, also called cisco, from the lake's icy waters.
In New Study, Babies Think A Silvery Robot Is Human, As Long As It Acts Friendly.
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