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silver

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈsɪl.vər/  us   /-vɚ/
A2 (symbol Ag) a chemical element that is a valuable shiny white metal , used for making cutlery (= knives, spoons, etc.), jewellery, coins, and decorative objects: We gave them a dish made of solid silver as a wedding present. Cleaning the silver (= silver objects) is a dirty job. Shall we use the silver (= knives, spoons, plates, etc. made of silver) for dinner tonight? I need some silver (= coins made of silver or a metal of similar appearance) for the ticket machine in the car park. (also silver medal [C]) a small disc of silver, or a metal that looks like silver, that is given to the person who comes second in a competition, especially in a sport: Britain won (a) silver/a silver medal in the javelin.
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adjective uk   /ˈsɪl.vər/  us   /-vɚ/
A2 made of silver, or of the colour of silver: a silver ring My grandmother has silver hair.
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verb [T often passive] uk   /ˈsɪl.vər/  us   /-vɚ/
to cover something, especially a window, with a thin layer of silver-coloured material in order to make a mirror
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