from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An alloy of 92.5 percent silver with copper or another metal.
- n. Objects made of this alloy.
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- n. An alloy containing not less than 92.5 percent of silver, the remainder usually being copper.
- n. Sterling-silver articles collectively.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a silver alloy with no more than 7.5% copper
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Besides, when the wonders of nature await you, who needs sterling silver dinnerware and cut-crystal glassware to enjoy a simple dinner on a rough-surfaced picnic table?
Brown-bricked, dimly lit and luxurious, there were sterling silver stalls complete with soft tissue and air fresheners; ceramic, non-scented urinals; two HDTV monitors embedded within the mirrors so you wouldn’t miss a second of the game; and the respective network announcers covering the game blaring over an expansive speaker system.
He removed the sterling silver stopper from the lead crystal decanter and poured the thirty-dollar-a-shot, premium tequila into a shaker, gently chilling the liquor before pouring it into a shot glass with a twist of orange.
With tears in her eyes, my wife, Bonnie, handed me our only pawnable asset—an $800 set of sterling silver flatware, a Christmas present from her parents the year before.