What does silver mean?

Definitions for silver
ˈsɪl vərsil·ver

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word silver.

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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Silveradjective

    Put my silver cup in the sack’s mouth. Gen. xliv.2.

    Hence had the huntress Dian her dread bow,
    Fair silver-shafted queen for ever chaste. John Milton.

    The silver-shafted goddess of the place. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    Of all the race of silver-winged flies
    Was none more favourable, nor more fair,
    Than Clarion. Edmund Spenser.

    Old Salisbury, shame to thy silver hair,
    Thou mad misleader of thy brain-sick son. William Shakespeare.

    The great in honour are not always wise,
    Nor judgment under silver tresses lies. George Sandys.

    Others on silver-lakes and rivers bath’d
    Their downy breast. John Milton.

    So sweet a kiss the golden sun gives not
    To those fresh morning drops upon the rose,
    As thy eye beams, when their fresh rays have smote
    The night of dew that on my cheeks down flows;
    Nor shines the silver moon one half so bright,
    Through the transparent bosom of the deep,
    As doth thy face through tears of mine give light. William Shakespeare.

    From all their groves, which with the heavenly noises,
    Of their sweet instruments were wont to sound
    And th’ hollow hills, from which their silver voices
    Were wont redoubled ecchoes to rebound,
    Did now rebound with nought but rueful cries,
    And yelling shrieks thrown up into the skies. Edmund Spenser.

    It is my love that calls upon my name,
    How silver sweet sound lovers tongues by night,
    Like softest musick to attending ears. William Shakespeare.

  2. Silvernoun

    1.Silver is a white and hard metal, next in weight to gold. Isaac Watts Logick.

    Etymology: seolfer , Saxon; silver, Dutch.

    Pallas, piteous of her plaintive cries,
    In slumber clos’d her silver-streaming eyes. Alexander Pope.

  3. To Silververb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    There be fools alive, I wis,
    Silver’d o’er, and so was this. William Shakespeare.

    The splendour of silver is more pleasing to some eyes, than that of gold; as in cloth of silver, and silver’d rapiers. Francis Bacon.

    Silvering will fully and canker more than gilding. Francis Bacon.

    A gilder shewed me a ring silver’d over with mercurial fumes, which he was then to restore to its native yellow. Boyle.

    Here retir’d the sinking billows sleep,
    And smiling calmness silver’d o’er the deep. Alexander Pope.


  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.


  1. silver

    Silver is a chemical element with the symbol Ag and atomic number 47. It is a shiny, white, lustrous metal that is known for its high thermal and electrical conductivity. Silver is commonly used in various industries, including jewelry making, photography, electronics, and currency production. It is also valued for its antibacterial properties and has been used in medicine for centuries.

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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Silver is ranked #1632 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Silver surname appeared 22,052 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 7 would have the surname Silver.

    80.3% or 17,714 total occurrences were White.
    11.8% or 2,622 total occurrences were Black.
    3.1% or 684 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 430 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.8% or 417 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 185 total occurrences were Asian.

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. An EU spokeswoman:

    The context is a difficult one. There is no silver bullet, and there is no quick fix.

  2. Phineas Taylor Barnum:

    Every crowd has a silver lining.

  3. Kush Parikh:

    Many people who do not understand STIR/SHAKEN, including politicians and companies, will quickly realize that this protocol is not a silver bullet.

  4. Keith Temperton:

    The stocks side of things has faded because they all had a look at silver yesterday, but my feeling is they’ll be back, depending on whether retail trading platforms will allow you to buy more than one share.

  5. Euripides:

    Silver and gold are not the only coin virtue too passes current all over the world.

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