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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Silver \Sil"ver\ (s[i^]l"v[~e]r), n. [OE. silver, selver,
seolver, AS. seolfor, siolfur, siolufr, silofr, sylofr; akin
to OS. silubar, OFries. selover, D. zilver, LG. sulver, OHG.
silabar, silbar, G. silber, Icel. silfr, Sw. silfver, Dan.
s["o]lv, Goth. silubr, Russ. serebro, Lith. sidabras; of
1. (Chem.) A soft white metallic element, sonorous, ductile,
very malleable, and capable of a high degree of polish. It
is found native, and also combined with sulphur, arsenic,
antimony, chlorine, etc., in the minerals argentite,
proustite, pyrargyrite, ceragyrite, etc. Silver is one of
the "noble" metals, so-called, not being easily oxidized,
and is used for coin, jewelry, plate, and a great variety
of articles. Symbol Ag (Argentum). Atomic weight 107.7.
Specific gravity 10.5.
Note: Silver was known under the name of luna to the ancients
and also to the alchemists. Some of its compounds, as
the halogen salts, are remarkable for the effect of
light upon them, and are used in photography.
2. Coin made of silver; silver money.
3. Anything having the luster or appearance of silver.
4. The color of silver.
Note: Silver is used in the formation of many compounds of
obvious meaning; as, silver-armed, silver-bright,
silver-buskined, silver-coated, silver-footed,
silver-haired, silver-headed, silver-mantled,
silver-plated, silver-slippered, silver-sounding,
silver-studded, silver-tongued, silver-white. See
Black silver (Min.), stephanite; -- called also brittle
silver ore, or brittle silver glance.
Fulminating silver. (Chem.)
(a) A black crystalline substance, Ag2O.(NH3)2, obtained
by dissolving silver oxide in aqua ammonia. When dry
it explodes violently on the slightest percussion.
(b) Silver fulminate, a white crystalline substance,
Ag2C2N2O2, obtained by adding alcohol to a solution
of silver nitrate; -- also called fulminate of
silver. When dry it is violently explosive.
German silver. (Chem.) See under German.
Gray silver. (Min.) See Freieslebenite.
Horn silver. (Min.) See Cerargyrite.
King's silver. (O. Eng. Law) See Postfine.
Red silver, or Ruby silver. (Min.) See Proustite, and
Silver beater, one who beats silver into silver leaf or
Silver glance, or Vitreous silver. (Min.) See
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