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Meaning of MERCURY

Pronunciation:  'murkyuree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  temperature measured by a mercury thermometer; "the mercury was falling rapidly"
  2. [n]  the smallest planet and the nearest to the sun
  3. [n]  (Roman mythology) messenger of Jupiter and god of commerce; counterpart of Greek Hermes
  4. [n]  a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures

MERCURY is a 7 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: atomic number 80, Hg, hydrargyrum, quicksilver
 See Also: calomel, cinnabar, inferior planet, mercurous chloride, metal, metallic element, Roman deity, solar system, temperature



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mer"cu*ry\, n. [L. Mercurius; akin to merx wares.]
    1. (Rom. Myth.) 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.
    2. (Chem.) 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, [mercury].
    Note: Mercury forms alloys, called amalgams, with many
          metals, and is thus used in applying tin foil to the
          backs of mirrors, and in extracting gold and silver
          from their ores. It is poisonous, and is used in
          medicine in the free state as in blue pill, and in its
          compounds as calomel, corrosive sublimate, etc. It is
          the only metal which is liquid at ordinary
          temperatures, and it solidifies at about -39[deg]
          Centigrade to a soft, malleable, ductile metal.
    3. (Astron.) 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.
    4. A carrier of tidings; a newsboy; a messenger; hence, also,
       a newspaper. --Sir J. Stephen. ``The monthly Mercuries.''
    5. Sprightly or mercurial quality; spirit; mutability;
       fickleness. [Obs.]
             He was so full of mercury that he could not fix long
             in any friendship, or to any design.  --Bp. Burnet.
    6. (Bot.) A plant ({Mercurialis annua}), of the Spurge
       family, the leaves of which are sometimes used for
       spinach, in Europe.
    Note: The name is also applied, in the United States, to
          certain climbing plants, some of which are poisonous to
          the skin, esp. to the {Rhus Toxicodendron}, or poison
    {Dog's mercury} (Bot.), {Mercurialis perennis}, a perennial
       plant differing from {M. annua} by having the leaves
    {English mercury} (Bot.), a kind of goosefoot formerly used
       as a pot herb; -- called {Good King Henry}.
    {Horn mercury} (Min.), a mineral chloride of mercury, having
       a semitranslucent, hornlike appearance.
  2. \Mer"cu*ry\, v. t.
    To wash with a preparation of mercury. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
Dream Dictionary
  1. Seeing Mercury in your dream, symbolizes alertness, awareness, reason, and versatility. You are exhibiting efficiency in your work.
  2. Seeing mercury in your dream, represents quick movement. You need to speak up first and think it through later. Trust your intuition.
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