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▪ Turkey also called  Seleucia,         town, south-central Turkey. It is located along the banks of the Göksu River, overlooking the Taurus Mountains. An ...
▪ India also spelled  Shiliguri        city, northern West Bengal state, northeastern India. It lies just west of the Mahananda River. The terminus of the roads ...
/sil"i kweuh/, n., pl. siliquae /-kwee'/. a silver coin of the later Roman Empire, the 24th part of a solidus, first issued by Constantine. [1885-90; < LL; L: pod, carob tree] * ...
—siliquaceous /sil'i kway"sheuhs/, adj. /seuh leek", sil"ik/, n. Bot. the long two-valved seed vessel or pod of plants belonging to the mustard family. [1400-50; late ME ...
/sil"i kwohs'/, adj. 1. bearing siliques. 2. resembling a silique or silicle. Also, siliquous /sil"euh kweuhs/. [1685-95; < NL siliquosus. See SILIQUE, -OSE1] * * *
See silique. * * *
▪ Bulgaria       town, extreme northeastern Bulgaria, on the Danube River opposite Romania. To the south and southeast are the remains of the old fortifications. The ...
Silius Italicus
▪ Roman poet in full  Tiberius Catius Asconius Silius Italicus   born c. AD 26, Patavium [now Padua, Italy] died 102       Latin epic poet whose 17-book, 12,000-line ...
Siljan, Lake
Lake, central Sweden. Covering 112 sq mi (290 sq km), it is Sweden's third largest lake. It is fed by the Österdal River and extends into two bays. Its wooded shores are ...
—silklike, adj. /silk/, n. 1. the soft, lustrous fiber obtained as a filament from the cocoon of the silkworm. 2. thread made from this fiber. 3. cloth made from this fiber. 4. ...
silk cotton
the silky covering of the seeds of certain tropical trees of the bombax family, used for stuffing cushions, pillows, etc. [1690-1700] * * *
silk gland
any of several glands, as in various insects and spiders, that secrete a viscid protein substance which hardens into silk on contact with air. [1865-70] * * *
silk gum
sericin. * * *
silk hat
—silk-hatted, adj. a tall, cylindrical, black hat covered with silk plush, worn by men for formal dress. Cf. beaver1 (def. 4), opera hat, top hat. [1825-35] * * *
silk oak
any of several Australian trees of the genus Grevillea, esp. G. robusta, having feathery, fernlike leaves and showy orange or yellow flowers, grown as a street tree in Florida ...
silk paper
paper that contains silk fibers and is sometimes used for printing postage stamps and revenue stamps. Cf. granite paper. [1790-1800] * * *
Silk Road
Silk Road 〚from the fact that silk was China's primary export〛 ancient trade route extending from China to the Mediterranean * * * Ancient trade route that linked China with ...
silk spider
▪ arachnid also called  Golden Silk Spider        (Nephila), any of a genus of the class Arachnida (phylum Arthropoda), so named because of the great strength of ...
silk tree
a tree, Albizia julibrissin, of the legume family, native to Asia, having pinnate leaves and plumelike pink flowers and widely cultivated as an ornamental. Also called ...
Silk, George
▪ 2005       New Zealand-born American photographer (b. Nov. 17, 1916, Levin, N.Z.—d. Oct. 23, 2004, Norwalk, Conn.), worked for Life magazine from 1943 until 1972. He ...
silk-cotton tree
/silk"kot'n/ any of several spiny trees belonging to the genus Ceiba, of the bombax family, having palmately compound leaves and seeds surrounded by silk cotton, esp. C. ...
silk-cot·ton tree (sĭlkʹkŏtʹn) n. 1. A spiny, deciduous, tropical tree (Ceiba pentandra) having palmately compound leaves and cultivated for its leathery fruit that contain ...
silk-screen also silk·screen (sĭlkʹskrēn') n. 1. A stencil method of printmaking in which a design is imposed on a screen of silk or other fine mesh, with blank areas coated ...
silk-screen print
silk-screen print [silk′skrēn΄] n. a print made by the silk-screen process: cf. SERIGRAPH * * *
silk-screen process
silk-screen process n. a stencil method of printing a flat color design through a piece of silk or other fine cloth on which all parts of the design not to be printed have been ...
/silk"stok"ing/, adj. 1. rich or luxurious in dress. 2. aristocratic or wealthy: a silk-stocking neighborhood. n. 3. a person who dresses richly or luxuriously. 4. an ...
/silk"tas'euhl/, n. any of several shrubs or small trees of the genus Garrya, of the western U.S., having evergreen foliage and flowers in pendulous catkins. * * *
/sil'keuh leen"/, n. a soft, thin cotton fabric with a smooth finish, for curtains, bedspreads, garment linings, etc. Also, silkoline, silkolene. [1895-1900, Amer.; SILK + ...
silk cotton n. A silky fiber, such as kapok, attached to the seeds of certain trees. * * *
▪ Denmark       city, eastern Jutland, Denmark, on the Gudenå River and Langsø, a small lake, west of Århus. An episcopal town of some importance in the Middle Ages, ...
/sil"keuhn/, adj. 1. made of silk. 2. like silk in smoothness, softness, glossiness, or delicateness. 3. clad in silk. 4. smoothly persuasive or ingratiating; mellifluous: the ...
silken fungus beetle
▪ insect also called  Cryptophagid Beetle,         any of approximately 800 insect species (insect order Coleoptera) in which the adult beetles are less than 5 mm ...
silk gland n. Any of the glands in silk-spinning insects and spiders that secrete a protein liquid that hardens into silk on exposure to air. * * *
silk hat n. A man's silk-covered top hat. * * *
sil·kie (sĭlʹkē) n. Variant of selkie. * * *
See silky. * * *
See silkily. * * *
/sil"koh/, n. Leslie Marmon /mahr"meuhn/, born 1948, U.S. poet, novelist, and short-story writer. * * *
Silko, Leslie Marmon
▪ American author born March 5, 1948, Albuquerque, N.M., U.S.       Native American poet and novelist whose work often centres on the dissonance between American Indian ...
silk oak n. An Australian evergreen tree (Grevillea robusta) having divided fernlike leaves and showy one-sided clusters of orange flowers. * * *
Silk Road (sĭlk) An ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean Sea extending some 6,440 km (4,000 mi) and linking China with the Roman Empire. Marco Polo followed ...
/silk"skreen'/, n. 1. Also called silkscreen process. a printmaking technique in which a mesh cloth is stretched over a heavy wooden frame and the design, painted on the screen ...
silk stocking n. A wealthy, aristocratic, or elegantly dressed person. * * *
silk tree n. An Asian tree (Albizia julibrissin) having pinnately compound leaves and heads of pinkish flowers with many long filaments. Also called mimosa. * * *
/silk"weed'/, n. any milkweed, the pods of which contain a silky down. [1775-85, Amer.; SILK + WEED1] * * *
/silk"werrm'/, n. 1. the larva of the Chinese silkworm moth, Bombyx mori, which spins a cocoon of commercially valuable silk. 2. the larva of any of several moths of the family ...
silkworm moth
any of several moths of the families Bombycidae and Saturniidae, the larvae of which are silkworms. [1805-15] * * * Any moth in the genus Bombyx (family Bombycidae). The ...
silkworm moth n. Any of the moths, chiefly of the family Bombycidae, whose larvae produce silk cocoons. * * *
—silkily, adv. —silkiness, n. /sil"kee/, adj., silkier, silkiest. 1. of or like silk; smooth, lustrous, soft, or delicate: silky skin. 2. Bot. covered with fine, soft, ...
silky anteater
an arboreal, tropical American anteater, Cyclopes didactylus, about the size of a rat, having a prehensile tail, glossy, golden fur, and two toes on each forelimb. Also called ...
silky cornel
a cornel, Cornus amomum, of the eastern U.S., having leaves covered with short, silky hairs on the underside and bearing blue berries. * * *
silky flycatcher
any of several passerine birds of the family Ptilogonatidae, of the southwestern U.S. to Panama, related to the waxwings. * * * ▪ bird       any of four arboreal bird ...
silky oak
▪ tree also called  Silk Oak        (Grevillea robusta), large tree native to Australia and also grown as a street tree in warm areas and, in its juvenile stage, as ...
silky oak.
See silk oak. [1885-90] * * *
silky terrier
one of an Australian breed of toy dogs having a long, silky, blue coat with tan markings and erect ears, a topknot, and a docked tail. Also called Sydney silky. [1955-60] * * ...
silky terrier n. A toy terrier of a breed developed from a cross between the Australian terrier and the Yorkshire terrier, characterized by long, silky, bluish-gray hair, tan ...
—sill-like, adj. /sil/, n. 1. a horizontal timber, block, or the like serving as a foundation of a wall, house, etc. 2. the horizontal piece or member beneath a window, door, ...
Sill, Anna Peck
▪ American educator born Aug. 9, 1816, Burlington, N.Y., U.S. died June 18, 1889, Rockford, Ill.       American educator who opened and administered a girls' school ...
Sill (sĭl), Mount A peak, 4,316.7 m (14,153 ft) high, in the Sierra Nevada range of east-central California. * * *
Kingdom of ancient Korea that in AD 668 consolidated other polities on the Korean peninsula under the Unified Silla dynasty (668–935). Traditionally believed to have been ...
Silla Kingdom
/sil"euh/ an ancient Korean state that unified Korea; flourished in the 7th-10th centuries A.D. * * *
/sil"euh bub'/, n. syllabub. Also, sillibub. * * *
/sil"lahn pa'/, n. Frans Eemil /frddahns e"mil/, 1888-1964, Finnish author: Nobel prize 1939. * * *
Sillanpää, Frans Eemil
born Sept. 16, 1888, Hämeenkyrö, Fin., Russian Empire died June 3, 1964, Helsinki, Fin. Finnish novelist. The son of a farmer, he studied natural science but returned to the ...
Sillanpää,Frans Eemil
Sil·lan·pää (sĭlʹən-pă'), Frans Eemil. 1888-1964. Finnish writer whose novels include Meek Heritage (1919) and The Maid Silja (1931). He won the 1939 Nobel Prize for ...
/sil"kok'/, n. hosecock. [SILL + COCK1; so called from the fact that it is often attached to a house at about the height of a sill] * * *
/sil"euhr/, n. Scot. silver. * * *
/sil"euh ree/; Fr. /seeyeu rddee"/, n. a city in S Quebec, in E Canada, near Quebec. 12,825. * * *
See silly. * * *
/sil"euh meuhn/, n. Benjamin, 1779-1864, U.S. scientist and educator. * * *
Silliman, Benjamin
▪ American chemist [1816-85] born Dec. 4, 1816, New Haven, Conn., U.S. died Jan. 14, 1885, New Haven       American chemist whose report on the potential uses of ...
Sil·li·man (sĭlʹə-mən), Benjamin. 1779-1864. American chemist and educator who founded (1818) the American Journal of Science and Arts. * * *
/sil"euh meuh nuyt'/, n. a mineral, aluminum silicate, Al2SiO5, occurring in the form of long, slender, and often fibrous crystals. Also called fibrolite. [1825-30; named after ...
See sillily. * * *
Silliphant, Stirling Dale
▪ 1997       U.S. television and film writer whose screenplays were used on the TV shows "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Route 66," and "The Naked City" and whose films ...
Sillitoe, Alan
born March 4, 1928, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Eng. English writer. The son of a tannery worker, he worked in factories from age 14. Many of his later novels and stories are ...
/silz/, n. Beverly (Belle Silverman), born 1929, U.S. coloratura soprano and opera administrator. * * *
Sills, Beverly
orig. Belle Silverman born May 25, 1929, New York, N.Y., U.S. U.S. soprano. She sang on radio as a child and made her operatic debut in 1946. From 1955 she sang with the New ...
Sills, David L.
▪ American sociologist in full  David Lawrence Sills   born Aug. 24, 1920, New York, N.Y., U.S.       American sociologist known for his studies of organizational ...
Sills, Paul
▪ 2009       American theatre director and teacher born Nov. 18, 1927, Chicago, Ill. died June 2, 2008, Baileys Harbor, Wis. established improvisational comedy and ...
Sills (sĭlz), Beverly. Originally Belle Silverman. Born 1929. American operatic soprano and manager who joined the New York City Opera in 1953 and was its general director from ...
—sillily, adv. —silliness, n. /sil"ee/, adj., sillier, silliest, n., pl. sillies. adj. 1. weak-minded or lacking good sense; stupid or foolish: a silly writer. 2. absurd; ...
silly billy
a clownish person. [1840-50] * * *
Silly Putty
Trademark. a brand of children's claylike modeling substance that can be shaped, stretched, rolled into a ball and bounced, etc. Cf. Play-Doh. * * *
silly season
a time of year, usually in midsummer or during a holiday period, characterized by exaggerated news stories, frivolous entertainments, outlandish publicity stunts, etc.: The new ...
/sil"ee suy'deuhr/, n. Canadian Slang. a left-handed person. [silly side + -ER1] * * *
/sil"ee weed'/, n. Slang. marijuana. [SILLY + WEED1] * * *
/suy"loh/, n., pl. silos, v., siloed, siloing. n. 1. a structure, typically cylindrical, in which fodder or forage is kept. 2. a pit or underground space for storing grain, green ...
/si loh"euhm, suy-/, n. a spring and pool near Jerusalem. John 9:7. * * *
Siloé, Diego de
born с 1495, Burgos, Spain died Oct. 22, 1563, Granada Spanish sculptor and architect. Son of the sculptor Gil de Siloé (d. 1501?), he probably studied sculpture in Italy. ...
Siloé, Gil de
▪ Spanish artist also called  Gil Siloé,  Gil de Urliones , or  Gil de Urlienes , and  Gil de Emberres , or  Gil de Amberes  died c. 1501       sculptor whose ...
/si loh"nee/; It. /see law"ne/, n. Ignazio /ee nyah"tsyaw/, (Secondo Tranquilli), 1900-78, Italian author. * * *
Silone, Ignazio
orig. Secondo Tranquilli born May 1, 1900, Pescina dei Marsi, Italy died Aug. 22, 1978, Geneva, Switz. Italian novelist, short-story writer, and political leader. A founder of ...
Si·lo·ne (sĭ-lōʹnē, sē-lōʹnĕ), Ignazio. 1900-1978. Italian novelist whose best-known works, Bread and Wine (1937) and The Seed Beneath the Snow (1941), were written ...
/si lok"sayn/, n. Chem. any of the class of compounds containing the structural unit R2SiO, where R is an organic group or hydrogen. [1920-25; SIL(ICON) + OX(YGEN) + -ANE] * * *
▪ plant genus       genus of tall perennial plants in the family Asteraceae, consisting of about 23 yellow-flowered species commonly called rosinweed, native to North ...
—siltation, n. —silty, adj. /silt/, n. 1. earthy matter, fine sand, or the like carried by moving or running water and deposited as a sediment. v.i. 2. to become filled or ...
See silt. * * *
/silt"stohn'/, n. Petrog. a very fine-grained sandstone, mainly consolidated silt. [1925-30; SILT + STONE] * * * Hardened sedimentary rock that is composed primarily of angular ...
silty [sil′tē] adj. siltier, siltiest of, like, or full of silt * * * See siltation. * * *
/sil"yeuh reez'/, n.pl. a British Celtic tribe resident in southeastern Wales at the time of the Roman conquest of Britain. * * * ▪ people       a powerful people of ...
/si loor"ee euhn, suy-/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the Silures or their country. 2. Geol. noting or pertaining to a period of the Paleozoic Era, occurring from 425 to 405 ...
Silurian Period
Interval of geologic time, 443–417 million years ago. The third period of the Paleozoic Era, the Silurian follows the Ordovician Period and precedes the Devonian. It marks the ...
/si loor"id, suy-/, n. 1. any of numerous Old World freshwater fishes of the family Siluridae, comprising the catfishes. adj. 2. belonging or pertaining to the family ...
/sil"veuh/, n. 1. the forest trees of a particular area. 2. a descriptive flora of forest trees. Also, sylva. [1840-50; < NL, special use of L silva woodland] * * * (as used in ...
Silva Henriquez, Raul Cardinal
▪ 2000       Chilean Roman Catholic leader whose service as archbishop of Santiago from 1961 to 1983—cardinal from 1962—was marked by his unfailing courage in ...
Silva Xavier, Joaquim José da
▪ Brazilian patriot byname  Tiradentes (Portuguese: “Tooth-puller”)  born 1748, near São João del Rei, Minas Gerais, Brazil died April 21, 1792, Rio de ...
Silva, Adhemar Ferreira da
▪ 2002       Brazilian track star (b. Sept. 29, 1927, São Paulo, Braz.—d. Jan. 12, 2001, São Paulo), broke the triple-jump world record seven times and won two ...
Silva, Antônio José da
▪ Portuguese writer byname  O Judeu (Portuguese: “The Jew”)   born May 8, 1705, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil died Oct. 18, 1739, Lisbon, Port.       Portuguese writer ...
Silva, José Asunción
▪ Colombian poet born Nov. 27, 1865, Bogotá, Colom. died May 23, 1896, Bogotá       Colombian poet whose metrical experimentation and romantic reminiscences ...
Silva, Luíz (Inácio da)
known as Lula born Oct. 6, 1945, Garanhuns, Pernambuco state, Braz. Leader of Brazil's leftist Workers' Party. A former factory worker, Lula helped build a labour union ...
/sil"veuh deen', -duyn'/, Trademark. a brand name for silver sulfadiazine. * * *
—silvanity /sil van"i tee/, n. /sil"veuhn/, adj., n. sylvan. * * *
/sil van"euh, -vah"na/, n. a female given name, form of Silvia or Sylvia. * * *
/sil vay"neuhs/, n., pl. Silvani /-nuy/ for 2. Rom. Religion. 1. the god of forests and uncultivated land, later worshiped under three aspects, as the protector of the house, of ...
Town (pop., 2001 prelim.: 21,890), capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli union territory, western India. Located on the Daman Ganga River some 15 mi (25 km) from the Arabian Sea, it ...
—silverer, n. —silverish, adj. —silverless, adj. —silverlike, adj. —silverness, n. /sil"veuhr/, n. 1. Chem. a white, ductile metallic element, used for making mirrors, ...
/sil"veuhr/, n. Abba Hillel /ab"euh/, 1893-1963, U.S. rabbi, born in Lithuania. * * * I Metallic chemical element, one of the transition elements, chemical symbol Ag, atomic ...
silver age
1. Class. Myth. the second of the four ages of humankind, inferior to the golden age but superior to the bronze age that followed: characterized by an increase of impiety and of ...
silver bass
/bas/. See white bass. [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
silver bell
any North American shrub or small tree belonging to the genus Halesia, of the storax family, having toothed leaves and drooping white, bell-shaped flowers. Also called ...
silver bells
▪ plant also called  snowdrop tree, or fringe tree   (Halesia carolina), deciduous plant, of the storax family (Styracaceae), native to southeastern and southern United ...
silver birch
☆ silver birch n. PAPER BIRCH * * *
silver bromide
Chem. a yellowish, water-insoluble powder, AgBr, which darkens on exposure to light, produced by the reaction of silver nitrate with a bromide: used chiefly in the manufacture of ...
silver bullet
a quick solution to a difficult problem. [1930-35; from the belief that supernatural beings, as werewolves, can be killed with a silver bullet] * * *
silver certificate
a former paper currency first issued in 1878 by the U.S. federal government for circulation, equal to and redeemable for silver to a stated value. [1875-80, Amer.] * * *
silver chloride
Chem. a white, granular, water-insoluble powder, AgCl, that darkens on exposure to light, produced by the reaction of silver nitrate with a chloride: used chiefly in the ...
Silver City
▪ New Mexico, United States       town, seat (1874) of Grant county, southwestern New Mexico, U.S. It lies just east of the Continental Divide, at an altitude of 5,931 ...
Silver Disc machine
▪ aircraft image by Cayley       image of an aircraft engraved on a medallion by Sir George Cayley (Cayley, Sir George, 6th Baronet) in 1799 with his initials to ...
silver doctor
Angling. a type of artificial fly, used chiefly for trout and salmon. [1890-95] * * *
silver fir
a coniferous tree, Abies alba, native to Europe, the young branches of which are covered with grayish fuzz. [1700-10] * * * ▪ tree       (Abies alba), tree growing to a ...
silver fizz
an alcoholic drink made with gin, lemon juice, sugar, and egg white. * * *
silver fluoride
Chem. a yellow or brownish, crystalline, water-soluble, hygroscopic solid, AgF, used chiefly as an antiseptic and disinfectant. Also called tachiol. * * *
silver foil
silver or silver-colored metal in foil form. Also called, Brit., silver paper. [1400-50; late ME] * * *
silver fox
a red fox in the color phase in which the fur is black with silver-gray ends on the longer hairs. [1760-70] * * * ▪ red fox colour variation       (Vulpes fulva), red ...
silver frost
glaze (def. 17). [1820-30] * * *
silver gilt
an ornamental coating of silver, silver leaf, or a silver-colored substance. [1375-1425; late ME] * * *
silver gray
—silver-gray, adj. a light brownish-gray. [1600-10] * * *
silver hake
a common hake, Merluccius bilinearis, occurring off the Atlantic coast of North America and popular as a food fish. [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
silver halide
Chem. a compound in which silver is combined with a halogen, as silver chloride, bromide, or iodide. * * *
silver iodate
Chem. a white, crystalline, slightly water-soluble powder, AgIO3, used in medicine chiefly as an antiseptic and as an astringent. * * *
silver iodide
Chem. a pale-yellow, water-insoluble solid, AgI, which darkens on exposure to light: used chiefly in medicine, photography, and artificial rainmaking. [1905-10] * * *
silver jenny
a silvery mojarra, Eucinostomus gula, inhabiting warm waters of the western Atlantic Ocean, along sandy shores. * * *
silver jubilee.
See under jubilee (def. 1). * * *
silver king
      the Atlantic tarpon. See tarpon. * * *
silver leaf
silver in the form of very thin foil. [1720-30] * * *
silver lining
a sign of hope in an unfortunate or gloomy situation; a bright prospect: Every cloud has a silver lining. [1870-75] * * *
silver maple
1. a maple, Acer saccharinum, having leaves that are light green above and silvery white beneath. 2. the hard, close-grained wood of this tree, used for making ...
silver medal
—silver medalist. a medal, traditionally of silver or silver in color, awarded to a person or team finishing second in a competition, meet, or tournament. Also, silver. Cf. ...
silver nitrate
Chem., Pharm. a white, crystalline, water-soluble, bitter, corrosive, poisonous powder, AgNO3, produced by the reaction of silver and dilute nitric acid: used chiefly in the ...
silver paper
Brit. 1. See silver foil. 2. tinfoil. [1810-20] * * *
silver perch
1. Also called mademoiselle. Ichthyol. a drum, Bairdiella chrysoura, of southern U.S. waters. 2. any of various silvery, perchlike fishes, as the white perch. [1810-20, Amer.] * ...
silver plate
1. silver tableware. 2. a coating of silver, esp. one electroplated on base metal. [1520-30] * * *
silver point
the melting point of silver, equal to 960.8°C, used as a fixed point on the international temperature scale. * * *
silver poplar.
See white poplar (def. 1). [1840-50, Amer.] * * *
silver processing
Introduction       preparation of the ore for use in various products.       Silver has long been valued for its white metallic lustre, its ability to be readily ...
silver protein
silver protein n. any of several colloidal silver solutions containing silver and a protein, as albumin: formerly used in treating inflammation of mucous membranes * * *
silver salmon
☆ silver salmon n. COHO * * *
silver salmon.
See coho salmon. [1875-80, Amer.] * * *
silver screen
1. motion pictures; the motion-picture industry: a star of the silver screen. 2. a special screen on which motion pictures are projected. [1915-20] * * *
silver spoon
See spoon (def. 7). [1795-1805] * * *
Silver Spring
a town in central Maryland, near Washington, D.C. 72,893. * * * ▪ Maryland, United States       unincorporated community, Montgomery county, central Maryland, U.S., a ...
Silver Springs
▪ springs, Florida, United States       series of artesian springs (artesian well), in Marion county, north-central Florida, U.S., about 5 miles (8 km) east of Ocala. ...
silver standard
a monetary standard or system using silver of specified weight and fineness to define the basic unit of currency. [1825-35, Amer.] * * * Monetary standard under which the basic ...
Silver Star
U.S. Army. a bronze star with a small silver star at the center, awarded to a soldier who has been cited in orders for gallantry in action, when the citation does not warrant the ...
Silver Star Medal
☆ Silver Star Medal n. a U.S. military decoration in the form of a bronze star with a small silver star at the center, awarded for gallantry in action * * *
Silver State
Nevada (used as a nickname). * * *
silver thaw
glaze (def. 17). [1760-70] * * *
silver trout
1. a variety of cutthroat trout, Salmo clarki henshawi, having silvery coloration, inhabiting Lake Tahoe. 2. the kokanee. * * *
silver vine
a vine, Actinidia polygama, of eastern Asia, having fragrant, white flowers and yellow, edible fruit and, in the male plant, leaves with silvery-white markings. * * *
silver wattle
a tree, Acacia dealbata, of the legume family, native to Australia and Tasmania, having feathery, silver-gray foliage and fragrant yellow flowers. Also called mimosa. [1870-75] * ...
silver wedding
a twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. See table under wedding anniversary. [1860-65] * * *
Silver, Horace
born Sept. 2, 1928, Norwalk, Conn., U.S. U.S. jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader. Silver performed with Stan Getz in 1950–51 before leading his own trio in 1952. With Art ...
/sil"veuhr uy'/, n., pl. silver-eyes. white-eye. [1885-90] * * *
silver-gray [sil′vərgrā′] adj., n. gray with a silvery luster * * *
silver-lace vine
/sil"veuhr lays'/ a hardy, twining, woody plant, Polygonum auberti, of the buckwheat family, native to western China and Tibet, having greenish-white, fragrant flowers in ...
/sil"veuhr playt"/, v.t., silver-plated, silver-plating. to coat (base metal) with silver, esp. by electroplating. * * *
/sil"veuhr tungd"/, adj. persuasive; eloquent: a silver-tongued orator. [1585-95] * * *
silver age n. A period of history secondary in achievement to that of a golden age. * * *
/sil"veuhr bak'/, n. an older male gorilla, usually the leader of a troop, whose hairs along the back turn gray with age. [SILVER + BACK1] * * *
sil·ver·bell tree (sĭlʹvər-bĕl') Carolinasilverbell Halesia carolina Wendy Smith n. Any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Halesia, especially H. carolina, of the ...
/sil"veuhr berrg'/, n. Robert, born 1935, U.S. science-fiction writer. * * *
/sil"veuhr ber'ee/, n., pl. silverberries. a shrub, Elaeagnus commutata (or E. argentea), of north-central North America, having silvery leaves and flowers and silvery, drupelike ...
▪ bird       any of several birds named for bill colour. Some finches of the genus Lonchura (see munia) are called silverbill.       Lichenops (Hymenops) ...
silver bromide n. A pale yellow crystalline compound, AgBr, that turns black on exposure to light and is used as the light-sensitive component on ordinary photographic film and ...
silver bullet n. 1. An infallible means of attack or defense. 2. A simple remedy for a difficult or intractable problem: “There is no single silver bullet or panacea that will ...
silver certificate n. A bill formerly issued as legal tender by the U.S. government in representation of deposited silver bullion. * * *
silver chloride n. A white granular powder, AgCl, that turns dark on exposure to light and is used in photographic emulsions, photometry, and silver plating. * * *
silver cord n. The emotional bond between a mother and her offspring.   [After The Silver Cord, a play by Sidney Coe Howard.] * * *
silver dollar n. 1. A spineless hemispherical cactus (Astrophytum asterias) native to Texas and northern Mexico, having large yellow flowers. 2. See honesty. * * *
/sil"veuhrd/, adj. 1. coated or plated with silver. 2. coated with a silverlike substance, as quicksilver or tinfoil: a mirror of silvered glass. 3. tinted a silver color, or ...
sil·ver·eye (sĭlʹvər-ī') n. See white-eye. * * *
/sil"veuhr fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) silverfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) silverfishes. 1. a white or silvery goldfish, Carassius auratus. 2. ...
silver fox n. 1. A red fox of the melanistic form, having black fur tipped with white. 2. The fur of a silver fox, especially as an article of clothing. * * *
silver hake n. A marine food fish (Merluccius bilinearis) with silvery scales, common in American Atlantic coastal waters. * * *
See silvery. * * *
/sil"veuhr ing/, n. 1. the act or process of coating with silver or a substance resembling silver. 2. the coating thus applied: the silvering of the mirror. [1700-10; SILVER + ...
silver iodide n. A pale yellow, odorless powder, AgI, that darkens on exposure to light and is used in photographic emulsions, rainmaking, and medicine, especially as an ...
/sil vear"ee euhs/, n. Saint, died A.D. 537, pope 536-37. * * *
Silverius, Saint
▪ Italian saint born , Frosinone, Campania [Italy] died Dec. 2, 537?, island of Palmaria, near Naples; feast day June 20       Italian pope from 536 to 537, a victim of ...
—silverizer, n. /sil"veuh ruyz'/, v.t., silverized, silverizing. to cover, plate, or treat with silver. Also, esp. Brit., silverise. [1610-20; SILVER + -IZE] * * *
silver lining n. A hopeful or comforting prospect in the midst of difficulty.   [From the proverb “Every cloud has a silver lining”.] * * *
/sil"veuhr lee/, adv. with a silvery appearance or sound. [1585-95; SILVER + -LY] * * *
silver maple n. 1. A North American deciduous tree (Acer saccharinum) having palmately dissected leaves that are silvery below and light green above. 2. The hard brittle wood of ...
silver mound n. A perennial Japanese herb (Artemisia schmidtiana) widely grown for its compact mound of feathery, silver-gray foliage. * * *
/sil"veuhrn/, adj. Archaic. made of or like silver. [bef. 900; ME silver(e)n, selvern, OE seolfren, seolfern. See SILVER, -EN2] * * *
silver nitrate n. A poisonous colorless crystalline compound, AgNO3, that becomes grayish black when exposed to light in the presence of organic matter and is used in ...
silver perch n. Any of various silvery fishes, such as the white crappie, resembling perch. Also called mademoiselle. * * *
silver plate n. 1. A coating or plating of silver. 2. Tableware, such as flatware or hollowware, made of or coated with silver. * * *
/sil"veuhr poynt'/, n. 1. a technique of drawing with a silver stylus on specially prepared paper. 2. a drawing made by this technique. [1880-85; SILVER + POINT] * * *
silver protein n. A colloidal preparation of silver oxide and protein, usually gelatin or albumin, used as an antibacterial agent. * * *
sil·ver·rod (sĭlʹvər-rŏd') n. An eastern North American plant (Solidago bicolor) related to the goldenrods but having white rather than yellow flower heads. * * *
(1912–85) a US comic actor best known as the television character Sergeant Ernie Bilko. Silvers also won a Tony award in 1972 for his part in the play A Funny Thing Happened on ...
Silvers, Phil
orig. Philip Silversmith born May 11, 1912, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S. died Nov. 1, 1985, Los Angeles, Calif. U.S. actor and comedian. He began his career as a boy singer in ...
silver salmon n. See coho salmon. * * *
silver screen n. See screen.   [From a type of movie screen covered with silver-colored metallic paint.] * * *
/sil"veuhr suyd'/, n. 1. Chiefly Brit. a rump roast of beef, esp. one taken from the crown of the rump. 2. silversides. [1810-20; SILVER + SIDE1] * * *
/sil"veuhr suydz'/, n., pl. silversides. any of several small fishes of the family Atherinidae, having a silvery stripe along each side, as Menidia menidia, inhabiting the ...
—silversmithing, n. /sil"veuhr smith'/, n. a person whose occupation is making and repairing articles of silver. [bef. 1000; ME; OE seolforsmith. See SILVER, SMITH] * * *
silver spoon n. Inherited wealth.   [From the phrase born with a silver spoon in one's mouth, wealthy from birth.] * * *
Sil·ver Spring (sĭlʹvər) An unincorporated community of west-central Maryland, a residential suburb of Washington, D.C. Population: 76,046. * * *
silver standard n. A monetary standard under which a specified quantity of silver constitutes the basic unit of currency. * * *
Silver Star n. A U.S. military decoration awarded for gallantry in action. * * *
Silverstein, Abe
▪ 2002       American aerospace engineer and researcher (b. Sept. 15, 1908, Terre Haute, Ind.—d. June 1, 2001, Fairview Park, Ohio), was an early space researcher who ...
Silverstein, Shel
▪ American cartoonist and author in full  Shelby Silverstein   born September 25, 1932, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. died May 10, 1999, Key West, Florida  American cartoonist, ...
Silverstein, Shel(by)
born Sept. 25, 1932, Chicago, Ill., U.S. died May 10, 1999, Key West, Fla. U.S. cartoonist, children's author, poet, songwriter, and playwright. Often compared to Dr. Seuss ...
Silverstein, Shelby
▪ 2000 “Shel”        American cartoonist, children's author, poet, songwriter, and playwright (b. Sept. 25, 1932, Chicago, Ill.—d. May 10, 1999, Key West, Fla.), ...
Britain’s main motor racing track, near Northampton in southern England. The British Grand Prix car and motorcycle races take place there every year. * * *
/sil"veuhr tayl'/, n. Australia and New Zealand Informal. a person of affluence or influence. [1895-1900; SILVER + TAIL1] * * *
/sil"veuhr tip'/, n. See grizzly bear. [1880-85, Amer.; SILVER + TIP1] * * *
▪ Colorado, United States       town, seat (1876) of San Juan county, southwestern Colorado, U.S. Located at an elevation of 9,318 feet (2,840 metres), Silverton grew ...
silvertone or silver-tone [sil′vər tōn΄] adj. made to resemble silver in color, sheen, etc. [a silvertone buckle] * * *
/sil"veuhr wair'/, n. articles, esp. eating and serving utensils, made of silver, silver-plated metals, stainless steel, etc. [1780-90; SILVER + WARE1] * * *       table ...
/sil"veuhr weed'/, n. 1. a plant, Potentilla anserina, of the rose family, the leaves of which have a silvery pubescence on the underside. 2. any of several other plants having ...
/sil"veuhr werrk'/, n. fine or decorative work executed in silver. [1525-35; SILVER + WORK] * * * ▪ art  vessels, utensils, jewelry, coinage, and ornamentation made from ...
—silveriness, n. /sil"veuh ree/, adj. 1. resembling silver; of a lustrous grayish-white color: the silvery moon. 2. having a clear, ringing sound like that of silver: the ...
silvery cinquefoil.
See under cinquefoil (def. 1). * * *
silvery spleenwort
a fern, Diplazium pycnocarpon, of eastern North America, having fronds from 20 to 30 in. (50.8 to 76.2 cm) long on yellowish-green stalks. * * *
/sil ves"teuhr/, n. a male given name: from a Latin word meaning "of the woodland." * * *
Silvester I.
See Sylvester I. * * *
Silvester II.
See Sylvester II. * * *
Silvestri, Filippo
▪ Italian entomologist born June 22, 1873, Bevagna, Italy died June 10, 1949, Bevagna       Italian entomologist, best remembered for his pioneering work in ...
silvex [sil′veks] n. a restricted, toxic herbicide, C9H7Cl3O3, used esp. for weed control * * * sil·vex (sĭlʹvĕks') n. A solid, toxic, selective herbicide, C9H7O3Cl3, ...
/sil"vee euh/, n. a female given name: from a Latin word meaning "forest." * * *
silvical [sil′vi kəl] adj. 〚 SILVIC(S) + -AL〛 of or pertaining to forests or forestry * * *
sil·vi·chem·i·cal (sĭlʹvĭ-kĕm'ĭ-kəl) n. Any of various chemicals derived from wood.   [Latin silva, forest + chemical.] * * *
/sil vik"euh leuhs/, adj. living or growing in woodlands. [ < L silvi- (comb. form repr. silva woodland; see SILVA, -I-) + -COLOUS; cf. L silvicola in same sense] * * *
/sil"viks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the scientific study of trees and their environment. [1945-50; < L silv(a) woodland + -ICS] * * *
See silviculture. * * *
See silvicultural. * * *
—silvicultural, adj. —silviculturally, adv. —silviculturist, n. /sil"vi kul'cheuhr/, n. the cultivation of forest trees; forestry. Also, sylviculture. [1875-80; < L silvi- ...
See silvicultural. * * *
1. similar. 2. simile. * * *
sima1 —simatic /suy mat"ik/, adj. /suy"meuh/, n. Geol. an assemblage of rocks, rich in silica and magnesium, that constitutes the lower layer of the earth's crust and is found ...
Sima Guang
▪ Chinese scholar Wade-Giles romanization  Ssu-ma Kuang   born Nov. 17, 1019, Guangzhou [now Guangshan, Henan province], China died 1086, Kaifeng, ...
Sima Qian
▪ Chinese historian and scientist Introduction Wade-Giles romanization  Ssu-ma Ch'ien  born c. 145, Longmen, Xiayang [now Hancheng, Shaanxi province], China died c. 87 ...
Sima Xiangru
▪ Chinese author Wade-Giles romanization  Ssu-ma Hsiang-ju , courtesy name (zi)  Changqing  born 179, Chengdu [now in Sichuan province], China died 117 BC, Maoling [now ...
/see"mak/, n. Clifford, 1904-88, U.S. science-fiction writer. * * *
▪ primate also called  pig-tailed langur  or  Pagai Island langur        leaf-eating monkey found only on the Mentawai Islands west of Sumatra. The body averages ...
▪ Spain       town, Valladolid provincia (province), in the Castile-León comunidad autónoma (autonomous community), north-central Spain. It lies on the right bank ...
/si mahr"/, n. 1. Also, cymar. a loose, lightweight jacket or robe for women, fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuries. 2. zimarra. [1635-45; earlier simarre < F < It zimarra ...
/sim'euh rooh"beuh/, n. 1. any tropical American tree belonging to the genus Simaruba, of the quassia family, having pinnate leaves, a fleshy fruit, and a root whose bark ...
▪ plant family       the quassia family of flowering plants, in the order Sapindales, comprising 25 genera of pantropical trees, including Ailanthus, or the tree of ...
/sim'euh rooh bay"sheuhs/, adj. belonging to the Simaroubaceae, the quassia family of plants. Cf. quassia family. [1835-45; < NL Simaroubace(ae) (see SIMAROUBA, -ACEAE) + -OUS] * ...
/suy"meuh zeen'/, n. Chem. a colorless crystalline selective herbicide, C7H12ClN5, used for season-long weed control in corn and other crops. [1955-60; sim-, resp. of ...

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