Meaning of silver in English:

silver

Pronunciation /ˈsɪlvə/

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noun

mass noun
  • 1

    (also Ag)
    A precious shiny greyish-white metal, the chemical element of atomic number 47.

    A transition metal, silver is found in nature as the native metal as well as in combined form in ore minerals. It is valued for use in jewellery and other ornaments and formerly in coins, and the decomposition of silver salts by the action of light (depositing metallic silver) is the basis of photography

    ‘Beryllium, calcium, silver and antimony have no appreciable effect on mechanical properties.’
    • ‘Unlike gold, silver or other precious metals, copper is primarily an industrial metal sold by copper producers to large manufacturers.’
    • ‘He described the ratios between the densities of gold, mercury, lead, silver, bronze, copper, brass, iron, and tin.’
    • ‘Silver fillings are actually made of a combination of metals including silver, tin, copper and mercury.’
    • ‘In practice, precious metals such as gold or silver, metals in stable and high demand per unit weight, have won out over all other commodities as moneys.’
    • ‘However, he had no difficulty in desecrating and looting the temple of tons of gold, silver and precious stones before burning it.’
    • ‘Rhenium is not attacked by molten copper, silver, tin, or zinc.’
    • ‘White gold, which is a mixture of gold, silver, copper and palladium, is now considered to be more trendy than real gold.’
    • ‘They're placed into a scoring range for bronze, silver, gold, platinum.’
    • ‘Gold, silver and precious stones along with other vessels and works of art made his tomb a virtual gold mine.’
    • ‘For example, all of the gold, silver, and copper came from the Egyptians.’
    • ‘And the only way to do that is to return to using real gold and silver, and maybe copper, as currency.’
    • ‘Copper, gold and silver can all be recovered from discarded computers.’
    • ‘Metals like silver, nickel and gold are a perfect medium for coinage because of their durability and the value accorded by their relative rarity.’
    • ‘Metal coins had an intrinsic value based on the scarcity of the elements used in making them (usually copper, silver, gold).’
    • ‘Its most common ore is sylvanite, a complex combination of gold, silver, and tellurium.’
    • ‘The ores generally yielded a blend of gold and silver with copper.’
    • ‘For most wavelengths of visible light, aluminum allows plasmons to travel farther than other metals such as gold, silver and copper.’
    • ‘In addition to iron as stated above, gold, silver, diamond and other metals and precious stones etc. were gifted to India in abundance.’
    • ‘At the nearby processing plant copper, uranium oxide, gold and silver are produced for the Australian and overseas markets.’
  • 2A shiny grey-white colour or appearance like that of silver.

    ‘the dark hair was now highlighted with silver’
    • ‘They are all normal colours, silver, or white, and never-ever purple.’
    • ‘A gleaming and glittering twist on gray, silver is the complementary colour of gold.’
    • ‘Unlike the stuffed one I saw originally, which had yellowed with age, the Nile Perch is silver in colour with a blue tinge.’
    • ‘My favourite colours are silver, brown and rose.’
    • ‘Patricia's holdall style bag is dark silver in colour.’
    • ‘The brushtail possum has a fur similar in quality to mink and colours range from silver to red brown to dark brown.’
    • ‘It will appear in three colours - silver, black and blue.’
    • ‘It smelled like ammonia and it was all a blurry colour of silver, blue and white that made it feel scientific and clinical.’
    • ‘The bezel is two toned, though the primary colour is silver, which matches the rest of the case.’
    • ‘The primary colour is silver, and you can select red, black or blue as the secondary colour.’
    • ‘The octagonal shelter, which is coloured purple and silver, has seats and roof.’
    • ‘Finally, it comes in a choice of seven colours: black, silver, red, yellow, blue, white and green.’
    • ‘Grey-haired people look good in silver and softer colours.’
    • ‘It too is available in a range of colours: silver, blue, ‘velvet’ and orange.’
    • ‘On display were a riot of classy colours, gold, silver, maroons and black.’
    • ‘She has beautifully and brilliantly caught different moods of water in colours black, white and silver.’
    • ‘He wore the clothes of a petty nobleman; grey and silver embroidered with royal blue and purple.’
    • ‘And three years ago Elizabeth Taylor briefly abandoned her trademark black bouffant for shocking silver, and what an impact it made.’
    • ‘But I went to a colour lady one time who told me that I should wear silver, sky blue and another which I have forgotten.’
    • ‘So maybe the cowboy boots do look kind of spiffy after a few licks of silver, purple, yellow and green.’
  • 3Silver dishes, containers, or cutlery.

    ‘thieves stole £5,000 worth of silver’
    • ‘the family silver’
    • ‘Part of a hoard of family silver which vanished for more than 100 years was yesterday sold at auction for nearly £8,000.’
    • ‘I could have just driven away with the family silver for all she knew.’
    • ‘We have been pawning the family silver to pleasure ourselves.’
    • ‘I just wouldn't let them anywhere near the family silver.’
    • ‘If you're lucky to reach this hallowed ground, you'll be flattered and coddled until you've given up the family silver.’
    • ‘Thousands of pounds worth of jewellery and silver has been stolen as well as computer hardware.’
    • ‘It's not like I'm taking food out of the kiddies' mouths or swapping the family silver for an 1873 Colt.’
    • ‘These pieces of land are like the family silver and shouldn't be lost to communities.’
    • ‘Just days ago the Elliott family silver and a collection of prized John Gould bird prints went under the hammer at a Melbourne auction.’
    • ‘It is like giving somebody you meet in the street your house key, not changing the locks and then being surprised when the family silver goes missing.’
    • ‘It was not the Greeks' practice to place the family silver in graves, nor was it subjected to deep polishing.’
    • ‘Yet a small group of CEOs and financiers managed to save the family silver before the house burned to the ground.’
    • ‘Sales of silver and glass have been sluggish, with the exception of cutlery, Irish provincial silver, Irish and art deco glass.’
    • ‘During the reign of James, sales of Crown land provided the family silver of the period.’
    • ‘Glass bottles are highly collectable, and some folk proudly display their bottles in much the same way as other people display the family silver or fine bone china.’
    • ‘The collection consists of more than fifty pieces of family silver and thirty-nine paintings.’
    • ‘The moonlight grew brighter, like silver when it is polished.’
    • ‘Elsewhere in the gallery a high security case contains the town council's silver, with extra silverware from St Andrew's parish church.’
    • ‘Phelps found that his gold watch, the family silver and his loose cash were in plain sight, but had been left alone.’
    • ‘But further back there was an earl, and the family had a heraldic crest and some silver, bits of which Orwell pawned to raise money to fight in Spain.’
    silverware, plate, silver plate
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    1. 3.1Household cutlery of any material.
      ‘The dining tables are set with period silver and china, and mannequins are dressed in authentic costumes.’
      • ‘Near the sink a small pile of dishes and silver were waiting to be washed, dried and put away.’
      silverware, plate, silver plate
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  • 4Coins made from silver or from a metal that resembles silver.

    ‘George dipped his hand into his pocket and brought out some small silver’
    • ‘I tend to pick out the one pound coins and the silver to buy my lunch the next day so generally it's just the coppers that are left.’
    • ‘The manager of the shop arrived to find the lock smashed, and the money, all silver and coppers, all gone.’
    • ‘British imports of tea were steadily increasing during the early nineteenth century, and the Chinese would accept only specie, usually silver, in payment.’
    • ‘Its platform called for the free coinage of silver and plenty of paper money.’
    • ‘I remember looking into one and seeing a little dining table laid out with tiny silver cutlery.’
    coins, coinage, specie
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    1. 4.1Scottish Money.
      • ‘He had lent him some silver to pay his seamstress's bill. -’
      cash, hard cash, ready money
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  • 5

    short for silver medal

    ‘she won three silvers’
    • ‘Great Britain have won nine gold medals, 10 silvers and six bronze.’
    • ‘Todate he has participated in six international events and has won himself a gold medal and three silvers.’
    • ‘Between them they won 7 gold medals, 3 silvers and 3 bronze - more than any national team won in track and field at the Games, except America itself.’
    • ‘Pool playing reached a frenzy after the 1998 Asian games, when the Chinese Taipei team won three gold medals, two silvers and a bronze.’
    • ‘Taiwan grabbed two gold medals, two silvers and one bronze at the Athens Olympics.’
    • ‘The senior and junior Welsh teams exceeded all expectations by collecting eight gold medals, 15 silvers and seven bronzes at the Culinary World Cup.’
    • ‘It has eight gold medals, 14 silvers and 19 bronzes.’
    • ‘China had won a total of 11 medals, with three silvers and two bronze, while Australia have won nine.’
    • ‘The five gold medals, five silvers and 15 bronzes were the highest number garnered by local innovators at the China International Exhibition of Inventions, held in Shanghai.’
    • ‘Australia have made the finals three times in the past but have yet to win a gold medal to add to their haul of three silvers and three bronzes.’
    • ‘Sailing has become a hot bed of medal action for Great Britain at recent Olympiads with five golds, three silvers and two bronze medals snared on the water in 2004 and 2000.’
    • ‘This is the eighth time they have made the Olympic semi-finals and they have a respectable haul of three silvers and three bronzes.’
    • ‘The U.S. had 14 gold, 10 silver and 6 bronze medals, while the Jamaicans achieved 2 gold medals and three silvers.’
    • ‘However, the lead was temporary as Germany went ahead with four golds, two silvers and four bronze medals late Sunday (Hong Kong time).’
    • ‘She was just one of many fine performers for the York club, who picked up 17 golds, 11 silvers and eight bronze medals.’
    • ‘Four years after that, Bode Miller's two silvers, in giant slalom and combined, were the only U.S. medals.’
    • ‘Now 35, this is his last chance of adding a gold to his two Olympic silvers.’
    • ‘Halfway through the tenth day of the Olympics, China topped the medals table with 23 golds, 15 silvers and 11 bronzes - one gold ahead of the Americans.’
    • ‘He has won three golds, two silvers and three bronzes at world championships in the past five years, along with an Olympic silver and Commonwealth gold.’
    • ‘Poland and Hungary each earned two golds, one silver, and one bronze.’
    silver medal, second prize
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adjective

  • Made of or coloured like silver.

    ‘a silver necklace’
    • ‘the car was silver’
    • ‘Silver is such an elegant metal, you can easily get away with plenty of silver accessories.’
    • ‘In 1946 he designed the silver altar rails.’
    • ‘Holding the silver amulet in my hand, I stepped off the platform and hurried after him.’
    • ‘I stared at the silver angel trophy on his bureau.’
    • ‘The Vikings were particularly fond of silver arm and neck rings.’
    • ‘A group of soldiers in gleaming silver armor paraded out of the gate.’
    • ‘While ancient gold and silver artefacts survive, most of their iron age equivalents have been lost to corrosion.’
    • ‘Silver bags are perfect for the evening.’
    • ‘The jacket had silver buttons and my name on the right pocket.’
    • ‘She wore a long silver dress and coat with a matching feather fascinator.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Coat or plate with silver.

    • ‘he admitted silvering the coins’
    plate with silver, coat with silver, overlay with silver, laminate with silver, back with silver
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    1. 1.1Provide (mirror glass) with a backing of a silver-coloured material in order to make it reflective.
      • ‘the whole sheet was silvered to produce a decorative mirror’
    2. 1.2literary (especially of the moon) give a silvery appearance to.
      • ‘the brilliant moon silvered the turf’
    3. 1.3Turn (a person's hair) grey or white.
      • ‘sorrow and anxiety had aged his father's face and silvered his hair’
    4. 1.4no object (of a person's hair) turn grey or white.
      • ‘Alexia remained a young woman even as her hair silvered’

Phrases

    the silver screen
    • The cinema industry; cinema films collectively.

      ‘stars of the silver screen’
      • ‘Hollywood dominated the silver screen, and Thai movies were far and few in between.’
      • ‘He was a legend, arguably the most beloved actor to grace the silver screen.’
      • ‘Suburbia may not be as exciting as the silver screen, but it's infinitely less embarrassing.’
      • ‘In recent years, a lot of Marvel superheroes have made the leap from printed page to silver screen.’
      • ‘When real life for many is scarier than anything on the silver screen, why is the lust for fear universal?’
      • ‘When did it become wrong for the silver screen to become an escape from the heartache and pain around you?’
      • ‘This is perhaps one of the most sinister of animated characters ever put on the silver screen.’
      • ‘He is quite possibly the most famous leading man to ever grace the silver screen.’
      • ‘From what it sounds like, Brooks is just as much a ham in real life as he is on the silver screen.’
      • ‘A film company are looking for locations fit for the silver screen for their latest production.’
    every cloud has a silver lining
    proverb
    • Every difficult or sad situation has a comforting or more hopeful aspect, even though this may not be immediately apparent.

      ‘after the fire two years ago few could see the silver lining’
      • ‘But, every cloud has a silver lining (for me anyway).’
      • ‘In a case of every cloud has a silver lining, Bernard had injured his knee and the other soldiers continued on their journey, only to be ambushed.’
      • ‘But hey, it's not all bad, every cloud has a silver lining!’
      • ‘To the economy, and every cloud has a silver lining, they say, but in the dismal science, as they call economics, the opposite is often true.’
      • ‘Well, here's the news that proves the maxim every cloud has a silver lining.’
      • ‘But every cloud has a silver lining, and my memories of 1956 are generally fond.’
      • ‘The sharp movement didn't make me physically tired, which shows that every cloud has a silver lining.’
      • ‘All in all it's a bit of a mess but they say every cloud has a silver lining.’
      • ‘I tried to tell him to think of the good times, that every cloud has a silver lining.’
      • ‘It seems that if you're big, rich and powerful enough, every cloud has a silver lining.’

Origin

Old English seolfor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zilver and German Silber.