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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.]
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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]
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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.
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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"
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Translations
زِئْبَق
rtuť
kviksølv
elohopea
kvikasilfur

quicksilver

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

[ˈkwɪkˌsɪlvəʳ] nargento vivo, mercurio
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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
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References in classic literature ?
In short, I have said enough to make you guess that it was Quicksilver; and Ulysses (who knew him of old, and had learned a great deal of his wisdom from him) recognized him in a moment.
The music seems to run through my veins like quicksilver and I forget everything--everything--except the delight of keeping time to it.
The moon, which had been bright when he went out, by now shone only like a crescent of quicksilver. The pink flush of dawn, which one could not help seeing before, now had to be sought to be discerned at all.
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."
One might have said that we were in a bath of quicksilver.
Away in the distance the glimmer of the sea shone like a thin belt of quicksilver. The stable clock had struck two.
You-all laugh at quicksilver in the riffles and think flour gold was manufactured by God Almighty for the express purpose of fooling suckers and chechaquos.
The sword in his hands flashed like quicksilver into the huddle of our fleeing enemies; and at every flash there came the scream of a man hurt.
At this moment, it was tingling through him, exultant, and live as quicksilver, whispering, "In July you will be in England."
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.
"I think," she murmured, "that some of us in our youth must have drunk from some poisoned cup, something which turned our blood into quicksilver. I must live, or I must die.
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.