quicksilver


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quick·sil·ver

 (kwĭk′sĭl′vər)
n.
adj.
Unpredictable; mercurial: "a quicksilver character, cool and willful at one moment, utterly fragile the next" (Sven Birkerts).

[Middle English, from Old English cwicseolfor, living silver (translation of Latin argentum vīvum) : cwic, cwicu, alive; see gwei- in Indo-European roots + seolfor, silver; see silver.]

quicksilver

(ˈkwɪkˌsɪlvə)
n
(Elements & Compounds) another name for mercury1
adj
rapid or unpredictable in movement or change: a quicksilver temper.
[Old English, from cwicu alive + seolfer silver]

quick•sil•ver

(ˈkwɪkˌsɪl vər)

n. v.t.
2. to amalgamate (metal).
adj.
3. unpredictably changeable; mercurial.
[before 1000; Middle English qwyksilver, Old English cwicseolfor (translation Latin argentum vīvum) literally, living silver]
quick′sil`ver•y, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quicksilver - a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic elementquicksilver - a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures
metal, metallic element - any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.
cinnabar - a heavy reddish mineral consisting of mercuric sulfide; the chief source of mercury
calomel, mercurous chloride - a tasteless colorless powder used medicinally as a cathartic
Adj.1.quicksilver - liable to sudden unpredictable changequicksilver - liable to sudden unpredictable change; "erratic behavior"; "fickle weather"; "mercurial twists of temperament"; "a quicksilver character, cool and willful at one moment, utterly fragile the next"
changeful, changeable - such that alteration is possible; having a marked tendency to change; "changeable behavior"; "changeable moods"; "changeable prices"
Translations
زِئْبَق
rtuť
kviksølv
elohopea
kvikasilfur

quicksilver

[ˈkwɪkˌsɪlvəʳ]
A. Nazogue m, mercurio m
B. ADJ (fig) [moods, temperament] → inconstante, caprichoso
C. VTazogar

quicksilver

[ˈkwɪkˌsɪlvəʳ] nargento vivo, mercurio

quick

(kwik) adjective
1. done, said, finished etc in a short time. a quick trip into town.
2. moving, or able to move, with speed. He's a very quick walker; I made a grab at the dog, but it was too quick for me.
3. doing something, able to do something, or done, without delay; prompt; lively. He is always quick to help; a quick answer; He's very quick at arithmetic.
adverb
quickly. quick-frozen food.
ˈquickly adverb
ˈquicken verb
to make or become quicker. He quickened his pace.
ˈquickness noun
ˈquicklime noun
lime which has not been mixed with water.
ˈquicksands noun plural
(an area of) loose, wet sand that sucks in anyone or anything that stands on it.
ˈquicksilver noun
mercury.
ˌquick-ˈtempered adjective
easily made angry.
ˌquick-ˈwitted adjective
thinking very quickly. a quick-witted policeman.
ˌquick-ˈwittedly adverb
ˌquick-ˈwittedness noun
References in classic literature ?
What that was, whether essence of quicksilver, or a few drops of hartshorn, there is no telling.
Well, then I happened to think how they always put quicksilver in loaves of bread and float them off, because they always go right to the drownded carcass and stop there.
Yes, and they take loaves of bread and put quicksilver in 'em and set 'em afloat, and wherever there's anybody that's drownded, they'll float right there and stop.
That must have been it," said Sancho, "for indeed Rocinante went like a gipsy's ass with quicksilver in his ears.
she said, going to a mirror, from which the quicksilver was peeling, and which presented her features to her upside down.
One might have said that we were in a bath of quicksilver.
It will require all your wisdom," said Quicksilver, "and a little of my own into the bargain, to keep your royal and sagacious self from being transformed into a fox.
I had a hand which could never remain at rest, a hand like quicksilver, -- you knew its quality, for you have seen me at work.
Lake Gladys--my own lake--lay like a sheet of quicksilver before me, with a reflected moon shining brightly in the center of it.
The other day he was pretending to tap a man's brain and get quicksilver out of it.
Away in the distance the glimmer of the sea shone like a thin belt of quicksilver.
The creeks, winding their way from the sea to the village, shone like quicksilver beneath the vivid sunshine.