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Definitions and Synonyms of quicksilver | Another word for quicksilver | What is quicksilver?

Definition 1: a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures - [noun denoting substance]

Synonyms for quicksilver in the sense of this definition

(quicksilver is a kind of ...) any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.

(... is made of the substance quicksilver) a heavy reddish mineral consisting of mercuric sulfide; the chief source of mercury

(... is made of the substance quicksilver) a tasteless colorless powder used medicinally as a cathartic

Definition 2: liable to sudden unpredictable change - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where quicksilver or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • erratic behavior
  • fickle weather
  • mercurial twists of temperament
  • a quicksilver character, cool and willful at one moment, utterly fragile the next

Synonyms for quicksilver in the sense of this definition

(quicksilver is similar to ...) such that alteration is possible; having a marked tendency to change

"changeable behavior" "changeable moods" "changeable prices"

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