Silver

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sil"ver
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  1. [Chem] A soft white metallic element, sonorous, ductile, very malleable, and capable of a high degree of polish. It is found native, and also combined with sulphur, arsenic, antimony, chlorine, etc., in the minerals argentite, proustite, pyrargyrite, ceragyrite, etc. Silver is one of the “noble” metals, so-called, not being easily oxidized, and is used for coin, jewelry, plate, and a great variety of articles. Symbol Ag ( Argentum). Atomic weight 107.7. Specific gravity 10.5.
  2. Coin made of silver; silver money.
  3. Anything having the luster or appearance of silver.
  4. The color of silver.

Note: ☞ Silver was known under the name of luna to the ancients and also to the alchemists. Some of its compounds, as the halogen salts, are remarkable for the effect of light upon them, and are used in photography.

Note: Silver is used in the formation of many compounds of obvious meaning; as, silver-armed, silver-bright, silver-buskined, silver-coated, silver-footed, silver-haired, silver-headed, silver-mantled, silver-plated, silver-slippered, silver-sounding, silver-studded, silver-tongued, silver-white. See Silver (a.)

Etymology: OE. silver selver seolver, AS. seolfor siolfur siolufr silofr sylofr; akin to OS. silubar, OFries. selover, D. zilver, LG. sulver, OHG. silabar silbar, G. silber, Icel. silfr, Sw. silfver, Dan. sölv, Goth. silubr, Russ. serebro, Lith. sidabras; of unknown origin

adjective Sil"ver
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  1. Of or pertaining to silver; made of silver; as, silver leaf; a silver cup.
  2. Resembling silver.
    1. Bright; resplendent; white.
      " Silverhair." [Shak.]
      "Others, on silver lakes and rivers, bathed Their downy breast." [Milton.]
    2. Precious; costly.
    3. Giving a clear, ringing sound soft and clear.
      " Silvervoices."
      Spenser.
    4. Sweet; gentle; peaceful.
      " Silverslumber."
      Spenser.
verb Sil"ver
Senses
  1. To cover with silver; to give a silvery appearance to by applying a metal of a silvery color; as, to silver a pin; to silver a glass mirror plate with an amalgam of tin and mercury.
  2. To polish like silver; to impart a brightness to, like that of silver."And smiling calmness silvered o'er the deep." [Pope.]
  3. To make hoary, or white, like silver."His head was silvered o'er with age." [Gay.]
verb Sil"ver
To acquire a silvery color.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Silverware eating utensils
  2. A trophy made of silver (or having the appearance of silver) that is usually awarded for winning second place in a competition
  3. A light shade of grey
  4. Coins made of silver
  5. A soft white precious univalent metallic element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal; occurs in argentite and in free form; used in coins and jewelry and tableware and photography
  6. Turn silver ("The man's hair silvered very attractively")
  7. Make silver in color ("Her worries had silvered her hair")
  8. Coat with a layer of silver or a silver amalgam ("silver the necklace")
  9. Expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively ("silver speech")
  10. Having the white lustrous sheen of silver ("a land of silver (or silvern) rivers where the salmon leap" and "repeated scrubbings have given the wood a silvery sheen")
  11. Of lustrous grey; covered with or tinged with the color of silver ("silvery hair")
  12. Made from or largely consisting of silver ("silver bracelets")
Wiktionary
  1. An English surname​ for a silversmith or a rich man, or for someone having silvery gray hair or living by a silvery brook.
  2. A surname​ anglicised from the German Jewish ornamental surname Silber.
  3. A male given name from the metal, or transferred from the surname.
  4. A female given name from the metal.

Silver was also found in the following language(s): Estonian

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Silver

Nate Silver is a statistician and journalist. He holds the title Editor in Chief and FiveThirtyEight. Nate was given the name Nathaniel Read Silver on January 13th, 1978 in East Lansing, Michigan.

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Long John Silver is a chief cook, quartermaster, pirate captain, and piracy.

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Phil Silvers was a character comedy comedian. Phil was given the name Philip Silver on May 11th, 1911 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He passed away on November 1st, 1985.

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Adam Silver is a commissioner of the national basketball association and commissioner of the nba. Adam was born on April 25th, 1962 in Rye (city), New York.

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Ron Silver was an actor, director, producer, political activist, film director, and film producer. His career lasted from 1974 to 2008. Ron was given the name Ronald Arthur Silver on July 2nd, 1946 in Manhattan, New York City. He breathed his last breath on March 15th, 2009.

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Joel Silver is a film producer. Joel was born on July 14th, 1952 in South Orange, New Jersey, United States.

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How popular is the baby name Silver in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1896 10 0 10
1911 5 0 5
1913 7 0 7
1915 16 8 8
1917 5 5 0
1918 8 8 0
1919 13 13 0
1920 5 0 5
1921 19 8 11
1923 12 6 6
1924 13 6 7
1925 6 6 0
1926 14 5 9
1927 7 7 0
1928 9 9 0
1930 5 0 5
1931 7 7 0
1932 6 0 6
1933 10 5 5
1934 13 5 8
1935 13 13 0
1936 9 9 0
1937 16 11 5
1938 10 10 0
1939 17 12 5
1940 8 8 0
1941 15 10 5
1942 5 0 5
1943 6 6 0
1944 11 11 0
1945 5 5 0
1947 8 8 0
1948 15 9 6
1949 6 6 0
1950 11 6 5
1952 10 10 0
1953 11 5 6
1954 5 0 5
1955 10 10 0
1956 7 7 0
1957 13 13 0
1958 5 5 0
1959 8 8 0
1960 10 10 0
1962 6 6 0
1964 9 9 0
1965 6 6 0
1966 7 7 0
1967 5 5 0
1968 6 6 0
1969 6 0 6
1970 7 7 0
1972 10 10 0
1973 6 0 6
1974 6 6 0
1975 13 7 6
1977 14 8 6
1978 11 11 0
1979 9 9 0
1980 20 13 7
1981 9 9 0
1982 18 18 0
1983 41 41 0
1984 41 41 0
1985 25 25 0
1986 18 18 0
1987 25 19 6
1988 36 36 0
1989 37 32 5
1990 28 28 0
1991 33 28 5
1992 27 21 6
1993 28 21 7
1994 26 20 6
1995 12 12 0
1996 25 25 0
1997 47 38 9
1998 26 26 0
1999 25 19 6
2000 27 18 9
2001 31 18 13
2002 37 26 11
2003 26 14 12
2004 15 15 0
2005 24 16 8
2006 28 15 13
2007 19 10 9
2008 27 19 8
2009 34 34 0
2010 51 45 6
2011 41 32 9
2012 47 41 6
2013 51 35 16
2014 52 36 16
2015 49 40 9
2016 63 51 12
2017 58 45 13
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Popularity of Silver as a first name

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Common last names for Silver

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Silver U.S.
  White 80.33% 64.26%
  African American 11.89% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.84% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.95% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.89% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.10% 16.26%

Of Last Name Silver

People with the last name Silver are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Silver

  • How Popular is the name Silver? Silver is the 7,320th most popular name of all time. As a last name Silver was the 1,632nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Silver have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,772 babies born with the first name Silver in the United States. That's more than enough people named Silver to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Silver? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1896 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • When was Silver first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Silver is Monday, September 7th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Silver born? The highest recorded use of the first name Silver was in 2016 with a total of 51 babies.
  • Random Silver Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Silver is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2017.
  • Weird things about the name Silver: Your name in reverse order is Revlis. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eslrvi. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Silver? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 22,052 people with the last name Silver.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Silver? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 7 of them will have Silver as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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