|a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.|
|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|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|
|8.||well-articulated: silver speech|
|9.||(prenominal) denoting the 25th in a series, esp an annual series: a silver wedding anniversary|
|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|
|[Old English siolfor; related to Old Norse silfr, Gothic silubr, Old High German silabar, Old Slavonic sirebro]|
silver sil·ver (sĭl'vər)
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.
|silver (sĭl'vər) Pronunciation Key
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.
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.