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QUICKSILVER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does quicksilver mean? 

QUICKSILVER (noun)
  The noun QUICKSILVER has 1 sense:

1. a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures

  Familiarity information: QUICKSILVER used as a noun is very rare.


QUICKSILVER (adjective)
  The adjective QUICKSILVER has 1 sense:

1. liable to sudden unpredictable change

  Familiarity information: QUICKSILVER used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


QUICKSILVER (noun)


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Meaning:

A heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

atomic number 80; Hg; hydrargyrum; mercury; quicksilver

Hypernyms ("quicksilver" is a kind of...):

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.)

Holonyms ("quicksilver" is a substance of...):

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)


QUICKSILVER (adjective)


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Meaning:

Liable to sudden unpredictable change

Synonyms:

mercurial; quicksilver; erratic; fickle

Context examples:

erratic behavior / fickle weather / mercurial twists of temperament / a quicksilver character, cool and willful at one moment, utterly fragile the next

Similar:

changeable; changeful (such that alteration is possible; having a marked tendency to change)


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