Meaning of SILVER in English


I. sil ‧ ver 1 S3 /ˈsɪlvə $ -ər/ BrE AmE noun

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: seolfor ]

1 . [uncountable] a valuable shiny, light grey metal that is used to make jewellery, knives, coins etc. It is a chemical ↑ element : symbol Ag:

a silver necklace

cups made of solid silver

2 . [uncountable] spoons, forks, dishes etc that are made of silver SYN silverware :

It was my job to polish the silver.

3 . [uncountable and countable] the colour of silver:

The lake sparkled with shades of blue and silver.

This season’s colours are rich golds and elegant silvers.

4 . [uncountable and countable] informal a ↑ silver medal :

He won a silver at the last Olympics.

5 . [uncountable] British English coins that contain silver or are the colour of silver:

He put his hand into his pocket and brought out a handful of silver.

II. silver 2 BrE AmE adjective

1 . made of silver:

a silver teapot

a silver coin

a solid silver brooch

2 . having the colour of silver:

an old man with silver hair

3 . on a silver platter if something is given to you on a silver platter, you do not have to make any effort to get it:

He had a scholarship handed to him on a silver platter.

4 . silver bullet American English something that solves a difficult problem very quickly and easily:

There is no silver bullet for this problem.

⇨ be born with a silver spoon in your mouth at ↑ born 2 (8), ⇨ every cloud has a silver lining at ↑ cloud 1 (6)

III. silver 3 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

1 . technical to cover a surface with a thin shiny layer of silver or another metal in order to make a mirror

2 . literary to make something shine and look the colour of silver:

The farmhouse appeared, silvered by the moon.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.