Meaning of SILVER in English

SILVER

/ ˈsɪlvə(r); NAmE / noun , adjective , verb

■ noun

1.

[ U ] ( symb Ag ) a chemical element. Silver is a greyish-white precious metal used for making coins, jewellery, decorative objects, etc. :

a silver chain

made of solid silver

a silver mine

2.

[ U ] coins that are made of silver or a metal that looks like silver :

I need £2 in silver for the parking meter.

3.

[ U ] dishes, decorative objects, etc. that are made of silver :

They've had to sell the family silver to pay the bills.

4.

[ U ] a shiny greyish-white colour

—see also silvery

5.

[ U , C ] = silver medal :

She won silver in last year's championships.

The team won two silvers and a bronze.

IDIOMS

- on a silver platter

—more at born , cloud noun , cross verb

■ adjective

shiny greyish-white in colour :

a silver car

silver hair

—see also silvery

■ verb [ vn ]

1.

[ usually passive ] to cover the surface of sth with a thin layer of silver or sth that looks like silver

2.

(especially literary ) to make sth become bright like silver :

Moonlight was silvering the countryside.

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English seolfor , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zilver and German Silber .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.