1. Chemistry. a white, ductile metallic element, used for making mirrors, coins, ornaments, table utensils, photographic chemicals, conductors, etc. Symbol: Ag; atomic weight: 107.870; atomic number: 47; specific gravity: 10.5 at 20°C.
2. coin made of this metal; specie; money: a handful of silver.
3. this metal as a commodity or considered as a currency standard.
4. table articles made of or plated with silver, including flatware and hollowware.
5. any flatware: The kitchen silver is of stainless steel.
6. something resembling this metal in color, luster, etc.
7. a lustrous grayish white or whitish gray, or the color of the metal: the silver of the leaves.
8. any of the silver halides used for photographic purposes, as silver bromide, silver chloride, or silver iodide.
9. silver medal.
10. consisting of, made of, or plated with silver.
11. of or relating to silver.
12. producing or yielding silver.
13. resembling silver; silvery: the silver moon.
14. clear and soft: silver sounds.
15. eloquent; persuasive: a silver tongue.
16. urging the use of silver as a currency standard: silver economists.
17. indicating the twenty-fifth event of a series, as a wedding anniversary.
18. having the color silver: a silver dress.
verb (used with object)
19. to coat with silver or some silverlike substance.
20. to give a silvery color to.
verb (used without object)
21. to become a silvery color.
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Origin: before 900; (noun and adj.) Middle English silver (e), selver (e), selfer, Old English siolfor (orig. noun); cognate with German Silber, Old Norse silfr, Gothic silubr, akin to Serbo-Croatian srèbro, Russian serebró, Lithuanian sidãbras; (v.) late Middle English silveren, derivative of the noun
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