from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A 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 -38.87°C; boiling point 356.58°C; specific gravity 13.546 (at 20°C); valence 1, 2. Also called quicksilver. See Table at element.
- n. Temperature: The mercury had fallen rapidly by morning.
- n. Any of several weedy plants of the genera Mercurialis or Acalypha.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A metal.
- n. A plant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. 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, etc. 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, ☿.
- n. One of the planets of the solar system, being the one nearest the sun, from which its mean distance is about 36,000,000 miles. Its period is 88 days, and its diameter 3,000 miles.
- n. A carrier of tidings; a newsboy; a messenger; hence, also, a newspaper.
- n. Sprightly or mercurial quality; spirit; mutability; fickleness.
- n. A plant (Mercurialis annua), of the Spurge family, the leaves of which are sometimes used for spinach, in Europe.
- transitive v. To wash with a preparation of mercury.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman mythology, the name of a Roman divinity, who became identified with the Greek Hermes.
- n. [lowercase or cap.] Pl. mercuries (-riz). One who acts like the god Mercury in his capacity of a messenger; a conveyor of news or information; an intelligencer.
- n. Hence [lowercase or cap.] A common name for a newspaper or periodical publication; formerly, also, a newspaper-carrier or a seller of newspapers.
- n. [lowercase] Warmth or liveliness of temperament; spirit; sprightly qualities; hence, liability to change; fickleness.
- n. The innermost planet of the solar system.
- n. [lowercase] Chemical symbol, Hg; atomic weight, 200.1. A metal of a silver-white color and brilliant metallic luster, unique in that it is fluid at ordinary temperatures.
- n. [lowercase] A plant of the genus Mercurialis, chiefly M. perennis, the dog's-mercury, locally called Kentish balsam (which see, under Kentish), and M. annua, the annual or French mercury. See Mercurialis.
- n. In older usage, the Chenopodium Bonus-Henricus. See allgood and good-King-Henry. This is the English, false, or wild mercury.
- n. In heraldry, the tincture purple, when blazoning is done by the planets.
- To wash with a preparation of mercury.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. temperature measured by a mercury thermometer
- n. (Roman mythology) messenger of Jupiter and god of commerce; counterpart of Greek Hermes
- n. a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures
- n. the smallest planet and the nearest to the sun
This applies particularly to salts of mercury, such as _corrosive sublimate_ or mercuric chloride, and _biniodide of mercury_, both of which have very considerable germicidal power, and are consequently frequently added to soaps.
The alchemists thought that to every thing, or at any rate to every class of things, there corresponds a more perfect form than that which we see and handle; they spoke of gold, and the _gold of the Sages_; mercury, and the _mercury of the Philosophers_; sulphur, and the
In addition, the mercury is contained – i.e. it can be recycled or disposed of properly (vs. mercury from a power plant that is put into the air we breath).
The term mercury is used figuratively in such expressions as The mercurys rising to mean that the temperature is going up.
As already stated, the mercury is the main reson to limit your fish intake.
Racism in the 20s was not like ‘how could anyone know lead/mercury is bad for you?’.
The shot is known to contain mercury a potent neurotoxin and squalene which has been linked to a number of diseases.
← A new study says mercury is commonly found in corn syrup.
A new study says mercury is commonly found in corn syrup.
Since mercury is a neurotoxin it makes sense not to inject it into anyone, let alone children.