What does mercury mean?

Definitions for mercury
ˈmɜr kyə rimer·cury

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. mercury(Noun)

    A metal.

    Etymology: From Mercury.

  2. mercury(Noun)

    A plant.

    Etymology: From Mercury.

  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.

    Etymology: From Mercury.

  4. Mercury(ProperNoun)

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [L. Mercurius; akin to merx wares.]

  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, /

    Etymology: [L. Mercurius; akin to merx wares.]

  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

    Etymology: [L. Mercurius; akin to merx wares.]

  4. Mercury(noun)

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

    Etymology: [L. Mercurius; akin to merx wares.]

  5. Mercury(noun)

    sprightly or mercurial quality; spirit; mutability; fickleness

    Etymology: [L. Mercurius; akin to merx wares.]

  6. Mercury(noun)

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

    Etymology: [L. Mercurius; akin to merx wares.]

  7. Mercury(verb)

    to wash with a preparation of mercury

    Etymology: [L. Mercurius; akin to merx wares.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mercury

    mėr′kū-ri, n. the god of merchandise and eloquence, and the messenger of the gods: the planet nearest the sun: a white, liquid metal, also called quicksilver: the column of mercury in a thermometer or barometer: a messenger: a newspaper.—adj. Mercū′rial, having the qualities said to belong to the god Mercury: active: sprightly: often changing: of or pertaining to trade: containing, or consisting of, mercury—also Mercū′ric.—v.t. Mercū′rialise (med.), to affect with mercury: to expose to the vapour of mercury.—n. Mercū′rialist.—adv. Mercū′rially.—n. Mercurificā′tion.—v.t. Mercū′rify.—adj. Mer′cūrous. [Fr.,—L. Mercuriusmerx, mercis, merchandise.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. mercury

    One of the ancient inferior planets, and the nearest to the sun, as far as we yet know. (See TRANSIT OF.) Also, a name for quicksilver; the fluid metal so useful in the construction of the marine barometer, thermometer, and artificial horizon.

Editors Contribution

  1. mercury

    A planet in the solar system.

    Mercury is a planet in the Solar System.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 3, 2015  

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Mythology

  1. Mercury

    (Mer′cury), the son of Jupiter and Maia, was the messenger of the gods, and the conductor of the souls of the dead to Hades. He was the supposed inventor of weights and measures, and presided over orators and merchants. Mercury was accounted a most cunning thief, for he stole the bow and quiver of Apollo, the girdle of Venus, the trident of Neptune, the tools of Vulcan, and the sword of Mars, and he was therefore called the god of thieves. He is the supposed inventor of the lyre, which he exchanged with Apollo for the Caduceus. There was also an Egyptian Mercury under the name of Thoth, or Thaut, who is credited with having taught the Egyptians geometry and hieroglyphics. Hermes is the Greek name of Mercury. In art he is usually represented as having on a winged cap, and with wings on his heels.

    “And there, without the power to fly, Stands fix’d a tip-toe Mercury.” (Lloyd, 1750.)

    “Then fiery expedition be my wing, Jove’s Mercury, and herald for a king.”

    “Be Mercury, set feathers to thy heels And fly, like thought, from them to me again.” (Shakespeare.)

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mercury in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mercury in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of mercury in a Sentence

  1. David Blewett:

    It appears that there is something in the rocks that can't stand up to the punishing environment on Mercury's surface and, as a result, is lost in a sublimationlike process.

  2. Hannah Wirth:

    It scares me, the mercury and other chemicals in vaccines don't seem natural to put in the body.

  3. Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal:

    Forty-one percent of the population of Madre de Dios is exposed to mercury pollution.

  4. Li Hui:

    Prices to dispose of waste are insanely high. To dispose of 1 tonne of mercury-contaminated waste, the market charges 20,000 yuan ($3,152ot ), which of course will encourage people to dump it illegally.

  5. Kelly Herman:

    Those are the only fish that are safe in terms of being lowest in mercury and the highest in omega-3s.

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