Definitions of mercury

  1. To wash with a preparation of mercury.
  2. a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures
  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. A carrier of tidings; a newsboy; a messenger; hence, also, a newspaper.
  7. Sprightly or mercurial quality; spirit; mutability; fickleness.
  8. A plant ( Mercurialis annua), of the Spurge family, the leaves of which are sometimes used for spinach, in Europe.
  9. 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.
  10. Quicksilver; a heavy, liquid, metallic substance, used in thermometers, etc.; Mercury, the planet nearest to the sun.
  11. 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.
  12. The planet nearest the sun; quicksilver.
  13. A silver white metal, liquid at ordinary temperatures; quicksilver.
  14. The plante of our system nearest the sun.
  15. Rom. Myth. God of commerce; patron of travelers and thieves; messenger of the gods. Hermes.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.