What does silver mean?

Definitions for silver
ˈsɪl vərsil·ver

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. silver, Ag, atomic number 47noun

    a soft white precious univalent metallic element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal; occurs in argentite and in free form; used in coins and jewelry and tableware and photography

  2. silvernoun

    coins made of silver

  3. ash grey, ash gray, silver, silver grey, silver graynoun

    a light shade of grey

  4. flatware, silvernoun

    silverware eating utensils

  5. silver medal, silveradjective

    a trophy made of silver (or having the appearance of silver) that is usually awarded for winning second place in a competition

  6. silveradjective

    made from or largely consisting of silver

    "silver bracelets"

  7. silver, silvern, silveryadjective

    having the white lustrous sheen of silver

    "a land of silver (or silvern) rivers where the salmon leap"; "repeated scrubbings have given the wood a silvery sheen"

  8. argent, silver, silvery, silverishadjective

    of lustrous grey; covered with or tinged with the color of silver

    "silvery hair"

  9. eloquent, facile, fluent, silver, silver-tongued, smooth-spokenverb

    expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively

    "able to dazzle with his facile tongue"; "silver speech"

  10. silververb

    coat with a layer of silver or a silver amalgam

    "silver the necklace"

  11. silververb

    make silver in color

    "Her worries had silvered her hair"

  12. silververb

    turn silver

    "The man's hair silvered very attractively"


  1. silvernoun

    A lustrous, white, metallic element, atomic number 47, atomic weight 107.87, symbol Ag.

  2. silvernoun

    Coins made from silver or any similar white metal.

  3. silvernoun

    Cutlery and other eating utensils, whether silver or made from some other white metal.

  4. silvernoun

    Any items made from silver or any other white metal.

  5. silveradjective

    Made from silver.

  6. silveradjective

    Made from another white metal.

  7. silveradjective

    Having a color like silver: a shiny gray.

  8. silveradjective

    Denoting the twenty-fifth anniversary, especially of a wedding.

  9. Silvernoun

    for a silversmith or a rich man, or for someone having silvery gray hair or living by a silvery brook.

  10. Silvernoun

    anglicised from the Jewish ornamental surname Silber.

  11. Silvernoun

    from the metal, or transferred from the surname.

  12. Silvernoun

    from the metal.

  13. Etymology: from siolfor, seolfor, from a Common Germanic *silubran.


  1. Silver

    Silver is a chemical element with the symbol Ag (from the Latin argentum, derived from the Proto-Indo-European h₂erǵ: "shiny" or "white") and atomic number 47. A soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it exhibits the highest electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and reflectivity of any metal. The metal is found in the Earth's crust in the pure, free elemental form ("native silver"), as an alloy with gold and other metals, and in minerals such as argentite and chlorargyrite. Most silver is produced as a byproduct of copper, gold, lead, and zinc refining. Silver has long been valued as a precious metal. Silver metal is used in many bullion coins, sometimes alongside gold: while it is more abundant than gold, it is much less abundant as a native metal. Its purity is typically measured on a per-mille basis; a 94%-pure alloy is described as "0.940 fine". As one of the seven metals of antiquity, silver has had an enduring role in most human cultures. Other than in currency and as an investment medium (coins and bullion), silver is used in solar panels, water filtration, jewellery, ornaments, high-value tableware and utensils (hence the term silverware), in electrical contacts and conductors, in specialized mirrors, window coatings, in catalysis of chemical reactions, as a colorant in stained glass and in specialised confectionery. Its compounds are used in photographic and X-ray film. Dilute solutions of silver nitrate and other silver compounds are used as disinfectants and microbiocides (oligodynamic effect), added to bandages and wound-dressings, catheters, and other medical instruments.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Silvernoun

    a soft white metallic element, sonorous, ductile, very malleable, and capable of a high degree of polish. It is found native, and also combined with sulphur, arsenic, antimony, chlorine, etc., in the minerals argentite, proustite, pyrargyrite, ceragyrite, etc. Silver is one of the "noble" metals, so-called, not being easily oxidized, and is used for coin, jewelry, plate, and a great variety of articles. Symbol Ag (Argentum). Atomic weight 107.7. Specific gravity 10.5

  2. Silvernoun

    coin made of silver; silver money

  3. Silvernoun

    anything having the luster or appearance of silver

  4. Silvernoun

    the color of silver

  5. Silveradjective

    of or pertaining to silver; made of silver; as, silver leaf; a silver cup

  6. Silveradjective

    resembling silver

  7. Silveradjective

    bright; resplendent; white

  8. Silveradjective

    precious; costly

  9. Silveradjective

    giving a clear, ringing sound soft and clear

  10. Silveradjective

    sweet; gentle; peaceful

  11. Silververb

    to cover with silver; to give a silvery appearance to by applying a metal of a silvery color; as, to silver a pin; to silver a glass mirror plate with an amalgam of tin and mercury

  12. Silververb

    to polish like silver; to impart a brightness to, like that of silver

  13. Silververb

    to make hoary, or white, like silver

  14. Silververb

    to acquire a silvery color

  15. Etymology: [OE. silver, selver, seolver, AS. seolfor, siolfur, siolufr, silofr, sylofr; akin to OS. silubar, OFries. selover, D. zilver, LG. sulver, OHG. silabar, silbar, G. silber, Icel. silfr, Sw. silfver, Dan. slv, Goth. silubr, Russ. serebro, Lith. sidabras; of unknown origin.]


  1. Silver

    Silver is a chemical element with the chemical symbol Ag and atomic number 47. A soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it possesses the highest electrical conductivity of any element and the highest thermal conductivity of any metal. The metal occurs naturally in its pure, free form, as an alloy with gold and other metals, and in minerals such as argentite and chlorargyrite. Most silver is produced as a byproduct of copper, gold, lead, and zinc refining. Silver has long been valued as a precious metal, used in currency coins, to make ornaments, jewelry, high-value tableware and utensils and as an investment in the forms of coins and bullion. Silver metal is used industrially in electrical contacts and conductors, in mirrors and in catalysis of chemical reactions. Its compounds are used in photographic film and dilute silver nitrate solutions and other silver compounds are used as disinfectants and microbiocides. While many medical antimicrobial uses of silver have been supplanted by antibiotics, further research into clinical potential continues.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Silver

    sil′vėr, n. a soft white metal, capable of a high polish: money made of silver: anything having the appearance of silver.—adj. made of silver: resembling silver: white: bright: precious: gentle: having a soft and clear tone: of high rank, but still second to the highest.—v.t. to cover with silver: to make like silver: to make smooth and bright: to make silvery.—v.i. to become silvery.—ns. Sil′ver-bath (phot.), a solution of silver-nitrate for sensitising collodion-plates for printing; Sil′ver-beat′er, one who beats out silver into thin foil.—adjs. Sil′ver-black, black silvered over with white; Sil′ver-bright (Shak.), as bright as silver; Sil′ver-bus′kined, having buskins adorned with silver.—ns. Sil′ver-fir, a coniferous tree of the genus Abies, whose leaves show two silvery lines on the under side; Sil′ver-fish, a name given to the atherine, to artificially bred gold-fish, the sand-smelt, the tarpon: any species of Lepisma, a thysanurous insect—also Bristletail, Walking-fish, Silver-moth, Shiner, &c.; Sil′ver-fox, a species of fox found in northern regions, having a rich and valuable fur; Sil′ver-glance, native silver sulphide; Sil′ver-grain, the medullary rays in timber.—adjs. Sil′ver-gray, having a gray or bluish-gray colour; Sil′ver-haired, having white or lustrous gray hair; Sil′ver-head′ed, having a silver head: with white hair.—ns. Sil′veriness, the state of being silvery; Sil′vering, the operation of covering with silver: the silver so used.—v.t. Sil′verise, to coat or cover with silver:—pr.p. sil′verīsing; pa.p. sil′verīsed.ns. Sil′verite, one who opposes the demonetisation of silver; Sil′ver-leaf, silver beaten into thin leaves; Sil′verling (B.), a small silver coin.—adv. Sil′verly (Shak.), with the appearance of silver.—adjs. Sil′vern, made of silver; Sil′ver-plā′ted, plated with silver.—n. Sil′ver-print′ing, the production of photographic prints by the use of a sensitising salt of silver.—adj. Sil′ver-shaft′ed, carrying silver arrows, as Diana.—ns. Sil′versmith, a smith who works in silver; Sil′ver-stick, an officer of the royal palace—from his silvered wand.—adjs. Sil′ver-tongued, plausible, eloquent; Sil′ver-voiced (Shak.), having a clear, sweet voice like the sound of a silver musical instrument; Sil′ver-white (Shak.), white like silver; Sil′very, covered with silver: resembling silver: white: clear, soft, mellow. [A.S. silfer, seolfor; Ice. silfr, Ger. silber.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Silver

    Silver. An element with the atomic symbol Ag, atomic number 47, and atomic weight 107.87. It is a soft metal that is used medically in surgical instruments, dental prostheses, and alloys. Long-continued use of silver salts can lead to a form of poisoning known as ARGYRIA.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A metallic form of opium, smoked by Presidential impossibilities.

Editors Contribution

  1. silver

    A type of color.

    Silver is a beautiful color for interior design.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020  
  2. silver

    A type of natural metal element.

    Silver is used industrially in electrical contacts and conductors.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 9, 2017  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'silver' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2647

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'silver' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3580

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'silver' in Nouns Frequency: #1150

Anagrams for silver »

  1. sliver

  2. livers

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of silver in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of silver in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of silver in a Sentence

  1. Richard Lapchick:

    I genuinely believe that the NBA, with Adam Silver as its current leader, is in this for the right reasons and has the support of the largest integrated labor force in America in terms of percentage of the population, they're also very wealthy, so they can use their resources — and this is new — to invest in social justice campaigns in their communities.

  2. Stuart Simmons:

    The team did the work mainly to get a better understanding of processes of gold and silver deposition in ancient hydrothermal systems that are no longer active but that are host to ore deposits, there are many such deposits forming mines and prospects around the Pacific Rim (Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, and the western US). So the aim was to apply our understanding to new discoveries.

  3. Danielle King of Randolph:

    That’s one of the silver linings of the pandemic – I don’t think we would have chosen to homeschool otherwise.

  4. Shahrukh Khan:

    You never win the silver. You only lose the gold.

  5. Kasim Reed:

    I think that (Trump) thinks that the silver bullet to that is to push a trillion dollars in real (infrastructure) programming.

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