Definitions for Mercuryˈmɜr kyə ri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mer•cu•ryˈmɜr kyə ri(n.)(pl.)-ries.

  1. a heavy, silver-white, toxic metallic element, liquid at room temperature: used in barometers, thermometers, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, mirror surfaces, and as a laboratory catalyst; quicksilver.

    Category: Chemistry

    Ref: Symbol: Hg 2

  2. this metal as used in medicine, in the form of various compounds, usu. for skin infections.

    Category: Pharmacology

  3. temperature:

    The mercury climbed to over a hundred today.

    Category: Meteorology

  4. (cap.) the Roman god of commerce, thievery, eloquence, and science, and messenger to the other gods: identified with the Greek god Hermes.

    Category: Mythology

  5. (cap.) the planet nearest the sun, having a diameter of 3031 mi. (4878 km), a mean distance from the sun of 36 million mi. (57.9 million km), and a period of revolution of 87.96 days, and having no satellites.

    Category: Astronomy

  6. any plant belonging to the genus Mercurialis, of the spurge family, esp. the poisonous, weedy M. perennis of Europe.

    Category: Plants

  7. any of several common weeds with spinachlike leaves, esp. weeds of the goosefoot family.

    Category: Plants

  8. a messenger.

Origin of mercury:

1300–50; ME Mercurie < ML, L Mercurius, akin to merx goods

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mercury, quicksilver, hydrargyrum, Hg, atomic number 80(noun)

    a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures

  2. Mercury(noun)

    (Roman mythology) messenger of Jupiter and god of commerce; counterpart of Greek Hermes

  3. Mercury(noun)

    the smallest planet and the nearest to the sun

  4. mercury(noun)

    temperature measured by a mercury thermometer

    "the mercury was falling rapidly"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. mercury(noun)ˈmɜr kyə ri

    a silver liquid chemical element, used in thermometers

Wiktionary

  1. mercury(Noun)

    A metal.

  2. mercury(Noun)

    A plant.

  3. Mercury(ProperNoun)

    The Roman god associated with speed, sometimes used as a messenger. He wore winged sandals. Mercury corresponded to the Greek god Hermes.

  4. Mercury(ProperNoun)

    The planet in the solar system with the closest orbit to the Sun, named after the god; represented by u263F.

  5. Origin: From Mercury.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mercury(noun)

    a Latin god of commerce and gain; -- treated by the poets as identical with the Greek Hermes, messenger of the gods, conductor of souls to the lower world, and god of eloquence

  2. Mercury(noun)

    a metallic element mostly obtained by reduction from cinnabar, one of its ores. It is a heavy, opaque, glistening liquid (commonly called quicksilver), and is used in barometers, thermometers, ect. Specific gravity 13.6. Symbol Hg (Hydrargyrum). Atomic weight 199.8. Mercury has a molecule which consists of only one atom. It was named by the alchemists after the god Mercury, and designated by his symbol, /

  3. Mercury(noun)

    one of the planets of the solar system, being the one nearest the sun, from which its mean distance is about 36,000,000 miles. Its period is 88 days, and its diameter 3,000 miles

  4. Mercury(noun)

    a carrier of tidings; a newsboy; a messenger; hence, also, a newspaper

  5. Mercury(noun)

    sprightly or mercurial quality; spirit; mutability; fickleness

  6. Mercury(noun)

    a plant (Mercurialis annua), of the Spurge family, the leaves of which are sometimes used for spinach, in Europe

  7. Mercury(verb)

    to wash with a preparation of mercury

Freebase

  1. Mercury

    Mercury was an automobile marque of the Ford Motor Company launched in 1938 by Edsel Ford, son of Henry Ford, to market entry-level luxury cars slotted between Ford-branded regular models and Lincoln-branded luxury vehicles, similar to General Motors' Buick brand, and Chrysler's namesake brand. From 1945 to 2011, it was the Mercury half of the Lincoln - Mercury division of Ford. Using badge engineering, the majority of Mercury models were based on Ford platforms. The name "Mercury" is derived from the messenger of the gods of Roman mythology, and during its early years, the Mercury brand was known for performance, which was briefly revived in 2003 with the Mercury Marauder. The brand was sold in the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Middle East. In 1999, the Mercury brand was dropped in Canada, although the Grand Marquis was still marketed there wearing a Mercury badge through 2007. The Mercury brand was phased out in 2011, as Ford Motor Company refocused its marketing and engineering efforts on the Ford and Lincoln brands. Production of Mercury vehicles ceased in the fourth quarter of 2010. The final Mercury automobile, a Grand Marquis, rolled off the assembly line on January 4, 2011.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Mercury

    the Roman name for the Greek Hermes, the son of Jupiter and Maia, the messenger of the gods, the patron of merchants and travellers, and the conductor of the souls of the dead to the nether world.

  2. Mercury

    an interior planet of the Solar system, whose orbit is nearest the sun, the greatest distance being nearly 43,000,000 m. and the least over 28,000,000, is one-seventeenth the size of the earth, but is of greater density, and accomplishes its revolution in about 84 days; it is visible just before the sun rises and after it sets, but that very seldom owing to the sun's neighbourhood.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Mercury

    A silver metallic element that exists as a liquid at room temperature. It has the atomic symbol Hg (from hydrargyrum, liquid silver), atomic number 80, and atomic weight 200.59. Mercury is used in many industrial applications and its salts have been employed therapeutically as purgatives, antisyphilitics, disinfectants, and astringents. It can be absorbed through the skin and mucous membranes which leads to MERCURY POISONING. Because of its toxicity, the clinical use of mercury and mercurials is diminishing.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

mercury(noun)

an element, a poisonous, silvery, liquid metal used especially in thermometers etc.

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