AskDefine | Define quicksilver

Dictionary Definition

quicksilver adj : liable to sudden unpredictable change; "erratic behavior"; "fickle weather"; "mercurial twists of temperament"; "a quicksilver character, cool and willful at one moment, utterly fragile the next" [syn: erratic, fickle, mercurial, quicksilver(a)] n : a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures [syn: mercury, hydrargyrum, Hg, atomic number 80]

User Contributed Dictionary



quyksilver from cwicseolfor. Literally "living silver" from its ability to move. See quick in the sense of living.


  1. The metal mercury.
  2. An amalgam of mercury and tin applied to the backs of mirrors, quicksilvering.
amalgam used on mirrors
Translations to be checked


  1. To overlay with quicksilver.
  2. To treat with quicksilver.


Extensive Definition

Quicksilver may refer to:

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  • Quiksilver, a clothing brand specializing in surfing and winter sports

Media and entertainment


quicksilver in German: Quicksilver
quicksilver in French: Quicksilver
quicksilver in Japanese: クイックシルバー
quicksilver in Swedish: Quicksilver

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