A. silver

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silver (ˈsɪlvə)
 
n
1.  a.  a very ductile malleable brilliant greyish-white element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal. It occurs free and in argentite and other ores: used in jewellery, tableware, coinage, electrical contacts, and in electroplating. Its compounds are used in photography. Symbol: Ag; atomic no: 47; atomic wt: 107.8682; valency: 1 or 2; relative density: 10.50; melting pt: 961.93°C; boiling pt: 2163°C
 b.  (as modifier): a silver coin Related: argent
2.  coin made of, or having the appearance of, this metal
3.  cutlery, whether made of silver or not
4.  any household articles made of silver
5.  photog any of a number of silver compounds used either as photosensitive substances in emulsions or as sensitizers
6.  a.  a brilliant or light greyish-white colour
 b.  (as adjective): silver hair
7.  short for silver medal
 
adj
8.  well-articulated: silver speech
9.  (prenominal) denoting the 25th in a series, esp an annual series: a silver wedding anniversary
 
vb
10.  (tr) to coat with silver or a silvery substance: to silver a spoon
11.  to become or cause to become silvery in colour
12.  to become or cause to become elderly
 
Related: argent
 
[Old English siolfor; related to Old Norse silfr, Gothic silubr, Old High German silabar, Old Slavonic sirebro]
 
'silverer
 
n
 
'silvering
 
n

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silver
O.E. seolfor "silver," from P.Gmc. *silubra- (cf. O.S. silvbar, O.N. silfr, M.Du. silver, Du. zilver, O.H.G. sillabar, Ger. silber, Goth. silubr), from a common Germanic/Balto-Slavic term (cf. O.C.S. sirebo, Rus. serebo, Lith. sidabras "silver"), possibly from a language of Asia Minor. Perhaps from
Akkad. sarpu "silver," lit. "refined silver," related to sarapu "to refine, smelt." Chemical abbreviation Ag is from L. argentum "silver," from the PIE root (see argent). The verb, "to cover or plate with silver" is recorded from 1440. Silverware is from 1860.
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Medical Dictionary

silver sil·ver (sĭl'vər)
n.
Symbol Ag
A lustrous ductile malleable metallic element having the highest thermal and electrical conductivity of the metals and used in dental alloys. Atomic number 47; atomic weight 107.868; melting point 961.8°C; boiling point 2,162°C; specific gravity 10.50; valence 1, 2.

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silver   (sĭl'vər)  Pronunciation Key 
Symbol Ag
A soft, shiny, white metallic element that is found in many ores, especially together with copper, lead, and zinc. It conducts heat and electricity better than any other metal. Silver is used in photography and in making electrical circuits and conductors. Atomic number 47; atomic weight 107.868; melting point 960.8°C; boiling point 2,212°C; specific gravity 10.50; valence 1, 2. See also sterling silver. See Periodic Table. See Note at element.
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Bible Dictionary

Silver definition


used for a great variety of purposes, as may be judged from the frequent references to it in Scripture. It first appears in commerce in Gen. 13:2; 23:15, 16. It was largely employed for making vessels for the sanctuary in the wilderness (Ex. 26:19; 27:17; Num. 7:13, 19; 10:2). There is no record of its having been found in Syria or Palestine. It was brought in large quantities by foreign merchants from abroad, from Spain and India and other countries probably.

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