Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably

German silver

any of various alloys of copper, zinc, and nickel, usually white and used for utensils, drawing instruments, etc.; nickel silver.
Origin of German silver
1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for german-silver
Historical Examples
  • The beggars were a kind of german-silver aristocracy; not real plate, to be sure, but better than nothing.

  • Dagame, or greenheart, is used with german-silver mountings.

  • german-silver wire has a much greater resistance than copper wire of the same size and length.

    How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
  • The inkpot was set in a mother-of-pearl boat drawn by a german-silver goose supporting a penholder.

    Mashi and Other Stories Rabindranath Tagore
  • For ten dollars, they give you a german-silver star, and teach the Japanese method of pulling, by correspondence.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • german-silver palettes are used for skinning the deposited fecula, and shovels of the same metal for packing the dried fecula.

  • The surface was that day excellent for sledges with german-silver runners; wooden runners, on the other hand, went rather heavily.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • In that case you can use a few feet of 30 german-silver wire and make connections to it with a suspender clip.

  • He was never without an immense, knotted, hard-wood cane with a german-silver tip on its crooked handle.

    Whirligigs O. Henry
  • But nobody would understand nowadays what you meant by german-silver; it's perfectly gone out.

    The March Family Trilogy, Complete William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for german-silver

German silver

another name for nickel silver
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for German silver

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for german

Scrabble Words With Friends