silver

The shiny precious metal that's used for jewelry, spoons and forks, and fancy candlesticks is silver. You can also use the word silver to describe things that are the same color as silver.

There are silver bracelets and silver coins, but also silver hair and a silver sky. The element known to scientists as Ag, or silver, is rare and valuable, and was once used to make money. Today many coins are silver in color, but they're usually made of nickel and copper. If you believe that every terrible event has a hopeful or encouraging aspect to it, you might say, "Every cloud has a silver lining."

Definitions of silver
  1. noun
    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
    synonyms: Ag, atomic number 47
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    types:
    coin silver
    a silver of the degree of purity established for making legal silver coins
    type of:
    noble metal
    any metal that is resistant to corrosion or oxidation
    conductor
    a substance that readily conducts e.g. electricity and heat
  2. noun
    coins made of silver
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    type of:
    precious metal
    any of the less common and valuable metals often used to make coins or jewelry
  3. noun
    silverware eating utensils
    synonyms: flatware
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    type of:
    silverware
    tableware made of silver or silver plate or pewter or stainless steel
  4. adjective
    made from or largely consisting of silver
    silver bracelets”
    Synonyms:
    metal, metallic
    containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal
  5. verb
    coat with a layer of silver or a silver amalgam
    silver the necklace”
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    type of:
    plate
    coat with a layer of metal
  6. noun
    a light shade of grey
    synonyms: ash gray, ash grey, silver gray, silver grey
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    type of:
    gray, grayness, grey, greyness
    a neutral achromatic color midway between white and black
  7. adjective
    of lustrous grey; covered with or tinged with the color of silver
    synonyms: argent, silverish, silvery
    achromatic, neutral
    having no hue
  8. adjective
    having the white lustrous sheen of silver
    “a land of silver (or silvern) rivers where the salmon leap”
    synonyms: silvern, silvery
    bright
    emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts
  9. verb
    make silver in color
    “Her worries had silvered her hair”
  10. verb
    turn silver
    “The man's hair silvered very attractively”
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    color, colour, discolor, discolour
    change color, often in an undesired manner
  11. noun
    a trophy made of silver (or having the appearance of silver) that is usually awarded for winning second place in a competition
    synonyms: silver medal
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    type of:
    prize, trophy
    something given as a token of victory
  12. adjective
    expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
    silver speech”
    synonyms: eloquent, facile, fluent, silver-tongued, smooth-spoken
    articulate
    expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language
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