Quicksilver vs. Mercury

Quicksilver vs. Mercury — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Quicksilver and Mercury

Quicksilvernoun

See mercury.

Mercurynoun

Roman Mythology A god that served as messenger to the other gods and was himself the god of commerce, travel, and thievery.

Quicksilveradjective

Unpredictable; mercurial

"a quicksilver character, cool and willful at one moment, utterly fragile the next" (Sven Birkerts).

Mercurynoun

The smallest of the planets and the one nearest the sun, having a sidereal period of revolution about the sun of 87.97 days at a mean distance of 57.91 million kilometers (35.98 million miles) and a mean radius of approximately 2,440 kilometers (1,516 miles).

Quicksilvernoun

The metal mercury.

Mercurynoun

Symbol HgA silvery-white poisonous metallic element, liquid at room temperature and used in thermometers, barometers, vapor lamps, and batteries and in the preparation of chemical pesticides. Atomic number 80; atomic weight 200.59; melting point -38.83°C; boiling point 356.62°C; specific gravity 13.546 (at 20°C); valence 1, 2.Also called quicksilver. See Periodic Table.

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Quicksilvernoun

(colloquial) An amalgam of mercury and tin applied to the backs of mirrors, quicksilvering.

Mercurynoun

Temperature:The mercury had fallen rapidly by morning.

Quicksilveradjective

Unpredictable, erratic or fickle; mercurial.

Mercurynoun

Any of several weedy plants of the genera Mercurialis and Acalypha.

Quicksilververb

To overlay with quicksilver.

Mercurynoun

A metal.

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Quicksilververb

To treat with quicksilver.

Mercurynoun

A silvery-colored, toxic, metallic chemical element, liquid at room temperature, with atomic number 80 and symbol Hg.

Quicksilvernoun

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

Mercurynoun

One of the elemental principles formerly thought to be present in all metals.

Quicksilveradjective

liable to sudden unpredictable change;

erratic behaviorfickle weathermercurial twists of temperamenta quicksilver character, cool and willful at one moment, utterly fragile the next

Mercurynoun

(with definite article) Ambient pressure or temperature (from the use of mercury in barometers and thermometers).

The mercury there has averaged 37.6°C, 2.3°C above the February norm.

Mercurynoun

(obsolete) Liveliness, volatility.

Mercurynoun

Any of several types of plant.

Mercurynoun

An annual plant, annual mercury (Mercurialis annua), formerly grown for its medicinal properties; French mercury, herb mercury.

Mercurynoun

Any plant of any species of the genus and the genus Mercurialis.

Mercurynoun

A similar edible plant (Blitum bonus-henricus), otherwise known as English mercury or novern=1.

Mercurynoun

The poison oak or poison ivy.

Mercurynoun

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

Mercurynoun

(Roman mythology) messenger of Jupiter and god of commerce; counterpart of Greek Hermes

Mercurynoun

the smallest planet and the nearest to the sun

Mercurynoun

temperature measured by a mercury thermometer;

the mercury was falling rapidly