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mercury

mer·cu·ry

mercury

 
pronunciation:
muhr ky ri
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part of speech: noun
inflections: mercuries
definition 1: a chemical element that has eighty protons in each nucleus and that occurs as a dense silvery liquid at room temperature, used in thermometers, electrical devices, and reflecting surfaces, and as a catalyst; quicksilver. (symbol: Hg).
definition 2: any of a variety of compounds containing salts of mercury, used as pesticides and formerly as antiseptics.
definition 3: (cap.) in Roman mythology, the messenger of the gods; Hermes.
definition 4: (cap.) the eighth largest planet of the solar system and the nearest to the sun, having no satellites and a diameter of about 3,000 miles.
definition 5: temperature, as represented by the height of the mercury column in a thermometer.
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