Definitions of mercury

  1. a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures
  2. temperature measured by a mercury thermometer; " the mercury was falling rapidly"
  3. the smallest planet and the nearest to the sun
  4. ( Roman mythology) messenger of Jupiter and god of commerce; counterpart of Greek Hermes
  5. 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, ect. 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, /.
  6. 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.
  7. A carrier of tidings; a newsboy; a messenger; hence, also, a newspaper.
  8. Sprightly or mercurial quality; spirit; mutability; fickleness.
  9. A plant ( Mercurialis annua), of the Spurge family, the leaves of which are sometimes used for spinach, in Europe.
  10. To wash with a preparation of mercury.
  11. 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.
  12. A silver metallic element that exists as a liquid at room temperature. It has the atomic symbol Hg ( from hydrargyrum, liquid silver), atomic number 80, and atomic weight 200. 59. Mercury is used in many industrial applications and its salts have been employed therapeutically as purgatives, antisyphilitics, disinfectants, and astringents. It can be absorbed through the skin and mucous membranes which leads to MERCURY POISONING. Because of its toxicity, the clinical use of mercury and mercurials is diminishing.
  13. Quicksilver; a heavy, liquid, metallic substance, used in thermometers, etc.; Mercury, the planet nearest to the sun.
  14. Hydrargyrum; a metal used in medicine.
  15. The god of merchandise and eloquence, and the messenger of the gods: the planet nearest the sun: a white, liquid metal, also called quicksilver: a messenger: a newspaper.
  16. The planet nearest the sun; quicksilver.
  17. A silver white metal, liquid at ordinary temperatures; quicksilver.
  18. The plante of our system nearest the sun.
  19. Rom. Myth. God of commerce; patron of travelers and thieves; messenger of the gods. Hermes.
  20. The swift ready messenger of the gods, and god of merchandise and trade; quicksilver; a preparation of quicksilver; the planet of the solar system nearest the sun; a messenger; a newspaper.
  21. A metal white like silver, but in a liquid state at common temperatures, congealing or becoming solid at 40 degrees below zero Fahr.; a salt, a preparation of mercury, extensively used in medicine; one of the planets, being the one nearest the sun; a carrier of tidings; a newspaper.

Usage examples for mercury

  1. Locke walked to his table of test- tubes and picked up one containing mercury. – The Master Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
  2. Indications of approaching changes of weather, and the direction and force of winds are shown less by the height of mercury in the tube, than by its falling or rising. – Barometer and Weather Guide by Robert Fitzroy
  3. The mercury here stood at 29. 68 inches. – The Niagara River by Archer Butler Hulbert
  4. Not day- dreaming with the mercury at thirty? – Max by Katherine Cecil Thurston
  5. The Mercury brings us news of the great world, Mr. Touris, but I dare say you can give us more? – Foes by Mary Johnston
  6. But as time went on, and the mercury rose higher and higher in the lifeless air, the number increased and became formidable. – In Mesopotamia by Martin Swayne
  7. Jupiter and Mercury, pleased with these requests, willingly granted both, and endowed Baucis and Philemon with youth and strength as well. – Good Stories For Great Holidays Arranged for Story-Telling and Reading Aloud and for the Children's Own Reading by Frances Jenkins Olcott
  8. When at last the Mercury came over to its own camp, Gerard was first able to bring Flavia to her brother. – From the Car Behind by Eleanor M. Ingram
  9. To make an extreme comparison, frozen mercury is warm beside you, Walter. – Daybreak: A Romance of an Old World by James Cowan
  10. The temperature was then under the freezing point of mercury. – The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II by A.E. Nordenskieold
  11. The mercury in the tube will be found to fall a short distance, and if the height of the column from the surface of the mercury in the basin be measured you will find it will be about 30 inches. – The Mastery of the Air by William J. Claxton
  12. They went into another room, leaving behind them the pool of mercury that turned slowly, like a miniature earth on some axis of its own. – Sinister Paradise by Robert Moore Williams
  13. " The second age, to Mercury; wherein we are taught and instructed. – A History of English Literature Elizabethan Literature by George Saintsbury
  14. In 1715 also Joseph Bliss started a rival sheet called the Protestant Mercury, or The Exeter Post- Boy, from his new printing- house near the London Inn. – A Short History of English Printing, 1476-1898 by Henry R. Plomer
  15. And Perseus knew that she was none other than Athena, the queen of the air, and that her companion was Mercury, the lord of the summer clouds. – Old Greek Stories by James Baldwin
  16. If there is reason to suspect having timed rather short in the camera, reduce the time over mercury in a corresponding proportion. – American Handbook of the Daguerrotype by Samuel D. Humphrey
  17. Then the sky cleared, the wind rose, the mercury began to drop. – The Jonathan Papers by Elisabeth Woodbridge Morris
  18. He is leading the procession- as Mercury. – The Scarlet Banner by Felix Dahn
  19. The subject of the Good Shepherd, I am sorry to add, is not of Roman but Greek origin, and was adapted from a statue of Mercury carrying a goat, at Tanagra, mentioned by Pausanias. – Walks in Rome by Augustus J.C. Hare
  20. You will notice that at the top of the mercury channel there is a dividing wall. – Around the World in Ten Days by Chelsea Curtis Fraser