Definitions for: Quicksilver

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

Webster (1913) Definition: Quick"sil`ver, n. [Quick living + silver; -- so
called from its fluidity; cf. G. quecksilber, L. argentum
vivum. See Quick, a.] (Chem.)
The metal mercury; -- so called from its resemblance to
liquid silver.

Quicksilver horizon, a mercurial artificial horizon. See
under Horizon.

Quicksilver water, a solution of mercury nitrate used in
artificial silvering; quick water.

Synonyms: atomic number 80, Hg, hydrargyrum, mercury

See Also: calomel, cinnabar, mercurous chloride, metal, metallic element

Famous Quotes Containing Quicksilver:

Love is a quicksilver word; though you see plainly where it is, you have only to put your finger on it to find that it is not there but someplace else.

-- Morton Hunt ( -)

Quicksilver is used for many purposes; without it, neither silver nor brass can be properly gilt.

-- Marcus V. Pollio ( -)

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