Definitions of mercury

  1. To wash with a preparation of mercury. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the smallest planet and the nearest to the sun Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (Roman mythology) messenger of Jupiter and god of commerce; counterpart of Greek Hermes Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. A metallic element mostly obtained by reduction from cinnabar, one of its ores. It is a heavy, opaque, glistening liquid (commonly called quicksilver), and is used in barometers, thermometers, ect. Specific gravity 13.6. Symbol Hg (Hydrargyrum). Atomic weight 199.8. Mercury has a molecule which consists of only one atom. It was named by the alchemists after the god Mercury, and designated by his symbol, /. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A carrier of tidings; a newsboy; a messenger; hence, also, a newspaper. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Sprightly or mercurial quality; spirit; mutability; fickleness. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A plant (Mercurialis annua), of the Spurge family, the leaves of which are sometimes used for spinach, in Europe. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A Latin god of commerce and gain; - treated by the poets as identical with the Greek Hermes, messenger of the gods, conductor of souls to the lower world, and god of eloquence. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Quicksilver; a heavy, liquid, metallic substance, used in thermometers, etc.; Mercury, the planet nearest to the sun. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. The god of merchandise and eloquence, and the messenger of the gods: the planet nearest the sun: a white, liquid metal, also called quicksilver: a messenger: a newspaper. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. The planet nearest the sun; quicksilver. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. A silver white metal, liquid at ordinary temperatures; quicksilver. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. The plante of our system nearest the sun. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Rom. Myth. God of commerce; patron of travelers and thieves; messenger of the gods. Hermes. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. The swift ready messenger of the gods, and god of merchandise and trade; quicksilver; a preparation of quicksilver; the planet of the solar system nearest the sun; a messenger; a newspaper. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. A metal white like silver, but in a liquid state at common temperatures, congealing or becoming solid at 40 degrees below zero Fahr.; a salt, a preparation of mercury, extensively used in medicine; one of the planets, being the one nearest the sun; a carrier of tidings; a newspaper. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for mercury

  1. They went into another room, leaving behind them the pool of mercury that turned slowly, like a miniature earth on some axis of its own. – Sinister Paradise by Robert Moore Williams
  2. The mercury in the tube will be found to fall a short distance, and if the height of the column from the surface of the mercury in the basin be measured you will find it will be about 30 inches. – The Mastery of the Air by William J. Claxton