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Definition of Mercury

Mercury

  1. 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. 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, /.
  3. 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.
  5. Sprightly or mercurial quality; spirit; mutability; fickleness.
  6. A plant (Mercurialis annua), of the Spurge family, the leaves of which are sometimes used for spinach, in Europe.
  7. To wash with a preparation of mercury.

Mercury Quotations

The whole point about laughter is it's like mercury: you can't catch it, you can't catch what motivates it - that's why it's funny.
Mike Nichols

Given that I can't sing like Freddie Mercury, obviously I'm not going to pursue it as a career. What would be the point?
Kate Beckinsale

I was growing up listening to Queen. Freddie Mercury threw those incredible melodies into his songs.
Gary Cherone

Memories are like mercury. Every time you sort of try to get near them, they slip out of your hand like a bar of soap.
Daphne Guinness

My style has been nurtured over time. It's more about knowing what doesn't suit you. I love suits and anything sharp, and I know that shape suits me. I don't feel feminine in floaty dresses with spaghetti straps - I feel more like Freddie Mercury in drag.
Erin O'Connor
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Mercury Translations

mercury in Dutch is Mercurius
mercury in French is mercure
mercury in German is Quecksilber
mercury in Hungarian is higany
mercury in Italian is argento vivo
mercury in Spanish is Mercurio, mercurio
mercury in Swedish is kvicksilver